An example of purview is the extent to which a local government has power over the citizens.
Origin of purview
- Alteration (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 purvey
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.