Definitions

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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Not only are there overlaps in purview, but the physical portfolios are so intertwined that changes in one have ripple effects on others, and most critically the citizens.

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  • Since the woman's purview is primarily concerned with domesticity and private relations, it is within reason to expect that women should want to be concerned with the preservation of the nation (often gendered female as in the case of "Britannia"), which is the guarantor of this private sphere.

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  • Congress has committees whose purview is intelligence so it can allocate funds.

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  • And since her purview is more expansive than just the broadcast network, she intends to lead as many of these viewers as she can to the multitude of cable channels she also has at her command.

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  • The author’s purview is “the characteristic activities and interests of a people,” to quote T.S. Eliot’s all-embracing definition of culture, and in offering what he calls “an intimate, multilayered, multivoiced, unsentimental portrait of a society,” Kynaston will juxtapose the news of Hiroshima with, say, the (in many corners) far more intense and animated talk of “the new ‘cold perm’!”

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  • In my limited purview, that is not my impression of.

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  • Hastert is in charge of the House of Representatives and everything that occurs under his purview is his responsibility.

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  • Ordinarily I wouldn't be concerned with a gathering like this since it doesn't really fall under my purview, which is cycling and making fun of it.

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  • BLITZER: He's got his -- his purview is the war in Iraq, not necessarily the whole world.

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  • Normally, her purview was the healing of emotional wounds and psychological trauma, not the mending of flesh.

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  • "'Twenty-four hours,' he said. 'He's booked on Iberia's morning flight at seven-twenty. He's a repatriation case. They're under the purview of the ministry.'"
    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 19, 2008