Trending: โ€˜purviewโ€™

Lookups spiked 11,000% on July 24, 2019

Why are people looking up purview?

Purview rose to near the top of our lookups on July 24th, 2019, as a result of an appearance in the congressional testimony of Robert Mueller.

What does purview mean?

Purview has a number of possible meanings; the one most applicable in this setting is โ€œthe range or limit of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention." Other possible meanings of the word include โ€œrange of vision, understanding, or cognizance," โ€œthe limit, purpose, or scope of a statute,โ€ and โ€œthe body or enacting part of a statute."

Where does purview come from?

In use since the 15th century, purview comes to English via statutes written in Anglo-French. These often began with the phrases phrases purveu est and purveu que, (โ€œit is provided" and "provided thatโ€). Purveu may be traced to the Old French verb porveeir, meaning "to provide."

All counsellers, procurers, consenters, or aiders of any the forenamed treasons, are within purview of the statute of 25 Elis. for in treason all offenders are principall.
โ€” Anon. The Complete justice a compendium of the particulars incident to justices of the peace, 1637

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