Lookups spiked 11,000% on July 24, 2019
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.
Purview has a number of possible meanings; the one most applicable in this setting is “the range or limit of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention." Other possible meanings of the word include “range of vision, understanding, or cognizance," “the limit, purpose, or scope of a statute,” and “the body or enacting part of a statute."
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, (“it is provided" and "provided that”). 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.
— Anon. The Complete justice a compendium of the particulars incident to justices of the peace, 1637
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