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.
Purveu is the past participle of the verb porveeir, porveoir, purveer (and other variants) “to make available, provide, purvey,” from Latin prōvidēre “to see in advance, look ahead, take precautions, provide for, take measures.”
The current English spelling purview is due to the influence of view, itself from Anglo-French vew, vewe, vieu, vieue, view, ultimately from Vulgar Latin vidūta, the past participle of vidēre “to see.” Around the same time that we see the spelling purview, a metaphorical sense arose, “the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc.,” a direct extension of the original sense. From this developed a more literal sense related to seeing, “the range of vision, insight, or understanding.”
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How to use purview in a sentence
The rumors largely targeted the Army Medical Department, which had, with the arrival of war, suddenly assumed control over the health of the millions of young men brought within its purview.The key to combating conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccines | Cameron Givens | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Berend estimated the size of that team to be no more than 10 employees whose purview spans digital video platforms like YouTube, streaming platforms like ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV and NBCUniversal’s own digital sites and apps.How NBC News is making ‘many millions’ of dollars on YouTube after adjusting its strategy | Tim Peterson | January 26, 2021 | Digiday
He traded about 200 stocks in different industries, some of which fall within the purview of his position on Senate committees and his prior position in the private sector.
The organization falls under the purview of the Senate Banking Committee, which Perdue sits on.Sen. David Perdue Sold His Home to a Finance Industry Official Whose Organization Was Lobbying the Senate | by Robert Faturechi | December 10, 2020 | ProPublica
This kind of chance evolution is the purview of neutral theory, the historically controversial idea that “survival of the fittest” isn’t the only, or even the most common, way that species change, split or disappear.How Neutral Theory Altered Ideas About Biodiversity | Christie Wilcox | December 8, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
From his purview, our visit and interest had brought excitement to him and his peers.
Heated and offensive Facebook comments are by no means the exclusive purview of Republican officials.
I have recently established a web site containing a summary of what actually will be done within the purview of our research.
Treaty compliance issues are the purview of the State Department.Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies | Eli Lake | April 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To revise, as they do, the landay tradition, once the sole purview of man, is to risk death.Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women | Daniel Bosch | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These are among the questions that have influenced the mind of the writer in considering the purview of his book.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Up to then, the English national purview had been almost wholly insular and focussed on the Continent.The Heroic Record of the British Navy | Archibald Hurd
The field which he included in his purview was wide—almost as wide as our national life.Matthew Arnold | G. W. E. Russell
Simultaneously Robert and I removed ourselves from the purview of the door.All on the Irish Shore | E. Somerville and Martin Ross
Who can doubt that Dress is a matter properly coming within purview of religion?Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women | George Sumner Weaver
British Dictionary definitions for purview
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
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