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[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
1. scope, responsibility, compass, extent. Unabridged
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  • Perhaps this is because the problem of insomnia was for a long time the purview mainly of psychologists.
  • These responses to serve the changing needs of students are by no means the sole purview of the for-profits.
  • His purview, however, is mostly limited to the magazine.
  • But inaccessibility entails that phenomena are outside the purview of science.
  • She was on firm footing now, doing the work she had done all her life, tasks that she believed were her rightful purview.
  • Apparently no profession is beyond the screenwriter's purview these days, however much it ought to be.
  • Rather, there is a balance between control and access that generally falls within the purview of the researcher.
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
Word Origin
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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