An example of purview is the extent to which a local government has power over the citizens.
- the body and scope of an act or bill
- the extent or range of control, activity, or concern; province
- range of sight or understanding
Origin of purviewMiddle English purveu ; from Anglo-French (in legal phrases purveu est, it is provided, purveu que, provided that) ; from Old French pourveü, provided, past participle of pourveir: see purvey
- The extent or range of activity, function, power, or competence; scope. See Synonyms at range.
- a. Range of vision: “Craning her neck, [she] extends her purview to the faculty lounge” (Rachel Kadish).b. Range of understanding or experience.
- Law a. The body or main part of a statute, as distinguished from its preamble.b. The general scope and coverage of a statute.
Origin of purviewAlteration (influenced by view) of Middle English purveu, proviso, from Anglo-Norman purveu est, it is provided (from the use of this word to introduce a proviso), past participle of purveier, to provide; see purvey.
From Middle English purveu (“proviso"), from Anglo-Norman purveuest (“it is provided"), or purveu que (“provided that") (statutory language), from Old French porveu (“provided"), past partiple of porveoir (“to provide"), from Latin provideo (See provide). Influenced by view and its etymological antecedants.
purview - Legal Definition