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Examples of purview in a sentence
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
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
… 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
The case is within the court's purview.
That question is outside my purview.
The moral dilemmas of the early settlers are beyond the purview of this book.
Recent Examples of purview from the web
Officials, deprived of the usual levers for shaping policies that are supposed to be their purview, are left with little other than leaking.
But the investigation of contract for deed firms would seem to fall within the broad purview of the agency to oversee national standards for the mortgage market.
His purview expanded in 2002, when he was named chairman of the company’s networks and entertainment division.
Gone were proposals to regulate some provider practices while putting others outside the purview of federal regulation.
The speech reflected the growing influence of Paul Manafort, whom Mr. Trump empowered to help him win the nomination and who has taken on a greater purview, including messaging.
The Giants also had the N.F.L.’s worst defense, a sector of the team that was only tangentially under the purview of the offense-minded Coughlin.
And, typically, romantic creativity is the purview of Twilight girls and William Shakespeare.
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Did You Know?
You might guess that there is a connection between purview and view. Purview comes from purveu, a word often found in the legal statutes of 13th- and 14th-century England. These statutes, written in Anglo-French, opened with the phrases purveu est and purveu que, which translate literally as "it is provided" and "provided that." Purveu derives from porveu, the past participle of the Old French verb porveeir, meaning "to provide." View derives (via Middle English) from the past participle of another Anglo-French word, veer, meaning "to see," and ultimately from the Latin vidēre, an ancestor of porveeir meaning "to see."
Origin and Etymology of purview
Middle English purveu, from Anglo-French purveu est it is provided (opening phrase of a statute)
First Known Use: 15th century
PURVIEW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of purview for English Language Learners
: an area within which someone or something has authority, influence, or knowledge
Legal Definition of purview
1 : the body of a statute or the part that begins with Be it enacted and ends before the repealing clause
2 : the limit or scope of a law
Origin and Etymology of purview
Anglo-French purveu est it is provided (opening phrase of a statute)
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