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purveyance

[per-vey-uh ns]
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noun
  1. the act of purveying.
  2. something that is purveyed, as provisions.
  3. 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
Related formsnon·pur·vey·ance, noun
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purveyance

noun
  1. history the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign
  2. rare the act of purveying
  3. rare that which is purveyed
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Word Origin and History for purveyance

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French purveance and directly from Old French porveance, from Latin providentia (see providence).

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