from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The extent or range of function, power, or competence; scope. See Synonyms at range.
- n. Range of vision, comprehension, or experience; outlook.
- n. Law The body, scope, or limit of a statute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The enacting part of a statute.
- n. The scope of a statute.
- n. Scope or range of interest or control.
- n. Range of understanding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The body of a statute, or that part which begins with “ Be it enacted, ” as distinguished from the preamble.
- n. The limit or scope of a statute; the whole extent of its intention or provisions.
- n. Limit or sphere of authority; scope; extent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A condition, provision, or disposition; in law, that part of a statute which begins with the words “Be it enacted,” as distinguished from the preamble, and hence the whole body of provisions.
- n. Field, scope, sphere, or limits of anything, as of a law, authority, etc.: as, the purview of science; facts that come under the purview of consciousness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated
Alteration (influenced by view) of Middle English purveu, proviso, from Anglo-Norman purveu est, it is provided (from the use of this word to introduce a proviso), past participle of purveier, to provide; see purvey.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English purveu ("proviso"), from Anglo-Norman purveuest ("it is provided"), or purveu que ("provided that") (statutory language), from Old French porveu ("provided"), past partiple of porveoir ("to provide"), from Latin provideo (See provide). Influenced by view and its etymological antecedants. (Wiktionary)