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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
The organization is the Minor Planet Center, which is run out of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Massachusetts, and under the purview of the International Astronomical Union, an organization of professional astronomers.
Sixteen years on, Congress has apparently decided that organizations such as ISIS -- which did not even exist at the time of the 9/11 attack -- may not exactly fall under the purview of that military authorization.
That’s because cosmetics, which fall under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, are very lightly regulated.
These were efforts outside the purview of the campaign.
Her appointment coincided with the addition of music, advertising, publishing and digital content to the new office’s purview (theater was already included in the Film & TV Commission).
At the same time, zoning regulations are the purview of local government.
The California Coastal Commission has purview over oceanside development, and developers said the agency tends to favor projects that are open to the public -- such as hotels and retail outlets -- over private residential buildouts.
In the purview of Nike, the shoe was designed for an athlete, but Sachs was never going to choose a conventional one.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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