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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
Doctors must not assume that cost of care is out of our purview.
Those decisions are now largely the purview of the state Legislature.
The lack of open financials and movement of large sums of money out of the fund appears to be outside the purview of the CL group as the use of the fund was directed by the donor, Howard Metzger, in his will.
But recently, the streaming behemoth has increasingly sought to expand its purview into the world of feature films.
Now, the nonprofit that looks after Britannia is expanding its purview by getting into the hotel game.
Further, all academic and hiring decisions are the sole purview of the university and its faculty, guided by the principle of academic freedom.
While Trump and Kim trade insults and threats, Mattis talks about North Korea in calculating terms, always insisting that the tit-for-tat barbs are outside of his purview.
The banking-insurance regulator is ultimately under the purview of Liu He, a confidant of Mr. Xi who heads a top-level committee launched last year to streamline financial regulation and implement overarching financial policy.
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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."
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
Origin and Etymology of purview
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