- the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc.
- the range of vision, insight, or understanding.
- that which is provided or enacted in a statute, as distinguished from the preamble.
- the purpose or scope of a statute.
- the full scope or compass of any document, statement, subject, book, etc.
Origin of purview
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Examples from the Web for purview
From his purview, our visit and interest had brought excitement to him and his peers.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
I have recently established a web site containing a summary of what actually will be done within the purview of our research.Iran Is Using a Neocon to Hack Its Foes
May 30, 2014
Treaty compliance issues are the purview of the State Department.Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies
April 18, 2014
The judge and the lawyers broke for a sidebar, outside the purview of the jury, the media, and the public.‘You’re a F—cking Liar’: Whitey Bulger and the FBI’s Sordid History
July 1, 2013
As it is in occupied territory, CHEJS falls under the purview of the IDF, so the army appoints the members of the council.The Real Problems with Israel's Newest University
July 20, 2012
So these also the Artist will have to keep within his purview.The Heart of Nature
Philo of Alexandria does not come within our purview as he was not medival.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
With this we may compare the purview of a statute, from the Old Fr.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Here was a manifestation far outside the purview of his experience.Sudden Jim
Clarence Budington Kelland
The supposed act is outside of its reach of purview and testimony.Theoretical Ethics
- the scope of operation or concern of something
- the breadth or range of outlook or understanding
- law the body of a statute, containing the enacting clauses
Word Origin and History for purview
mid-15c., "body of a statute," from Anglo-French purveuest "it is provided," or purveu que "provided that" (late 13c.), clauses that introduced statutes in old legal documents, from Anglo-French purveu, Old French porveu (Modern French pourvu) "provided," past participle of porveoir "to provide," from Latin providere "make ready" (see provide). Sense of "scope, extent" is first recorded 1788 in "Federalist" (Madison). Modern sense and spelling influenced by view (n.).