[ pur-vyoo ]
/ ˈpɜr vyu /


the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc.
the range of vision, insight, or understanding.
  1. that which is provided or enacted in a statute, as distinguished from the preamble.
  2. the purpose or scope of a statute.
the full scope or compass of any document, statement, subject, book, etc.

Origin of purview

1225–75; Middle English purveu < Anglo-French: past participle of purveier to purvey
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/ (ˈpɜːvjuː) /


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 for purview

C15: from Anglo-Norman purveu, from porveeir to furnish; see purvey
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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.).

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