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purveyance

[ per-vey-uhns ]
/ pərˈveɪ əns /
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noun

the act of purveying.
something that is purveyed, as provisions.
English Law. a prerogative of the crown, abolished in 1660, allowing provisions, supplies, or services for the sovereign or the royal household to be purchased or acquired at an appraised value.

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Origin of purveyance

1225–75; purvey + -ance; replacing Middle English purvea(u)nce, purvya(u)nce<Old French purveance<Latin prōvidentia.See providence

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non·pur·vey·ance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for purveyance

purveyance
/ (pəˈveɪəns) /

noun

history the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign
rare the act of purveying
rare that which is purveyed
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