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noun pur·view \ˈpər-ˌvyü\

Simple Definition of purview

  • : an area within which someone or something has authority, influence, or knowledge

Full Definition of purview

  1. 1 a :  the body or enacting part of a statute b :  the limit, purpose, or scope of a statute

  2. 2 :  the range or limit of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention

  3. 3 :  range of vision, understanding, or cognizance

Examples of purview

  1. After the true shock and awe of a campaign of massive surplus, as in the Gulf War, no regime would have risked its survival by failing to go after the terrorists within its purview. —Mark Helprin, Wall Street Journal, 17 May 2004

  2. It is the use of informal, back channels outside public or congressional purview—designed partly to thwart publicity and partly to hold down the temperature of disputes within the government—that critics say denies the protections of open government. —Bob Woodward et al, Washington Post, 20-26 Jan. 1992

  3. … the contemporary university, though, has reached beyond the purview of education, and it has thereby become entangled in problems it lacks the means to resolve. —Louis Menand, Harper's, December 1991

  4. The case is within the court's purview.

  5. That question is outside my purview.

  6. The moral dilemmas of the early settlers are beyond the purview of this book.

Origin of purview

Middle English purveu, from Anglo-French purveu est it is provided (opening phrase of a statute)

First Known Use: 15th century

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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