noun Etymology: Middle English purveu, from Anglo-French purveu est it is provided (opening phrase of a statute) Date: 15th century 1. a. the body or enacting part of a statute b. the limit, purpose, or scope of a statute 2. the range or limit of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention 3. range of vision, understanding, or cognizance

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  • purview — pur·view / pər ˌvyü/ n [Anglo French purveu est it is provided (opening phrase of a statute)] 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 Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • PurVIEW — is an integrated image display and viewing plug in software package that incorporates stereoscopic viewing technology for ESRI ArcGIS 9 (or later version). Using ArcMap, geodatabase contents can be directly accessed and reviewed superimposed on… …   Wikipedia

  • Purview — Pur view, n. [OF. purveu, pourveu, F. pourvu, provided, p. p. of OF. porveoir, F. pourvoir. See {Purvey}, {View}, and cf. {Proviso}.] 1. (a) (Law) The body of a statute, or that part which begins with Be it enacted, as distinguished from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purview — mid 15c., body of a statute, from Anglo Fr. purveuest it is provided, or purveu que provided that (late 13c.), clauses that introduced statutes in old legal documents, from O.Fr. porveu provided, pp. of porveoir to provide, from L. providere (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • purview — *range, gamut, reach, radius, compass, sweep, scope, orbit, horizon, ken …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • purview — ► NOUN 1) the scope of the influence or concerns of something. 2) a range of experience or thought. ORIGIN from Old French purveu foreseen , from purveier (see PURVEY(Cf. ↑purveyor)) …   English terms dictionary

  • purview — [pʉr′vyo͞o΄] n. [ME purveu < Anglo Fr (in legal phrases purveu est, it is provided, purveu que, provided that) < OFr pourveü, provided, pp. of pourveir: see PURVEY] 1. the body and scope of an act or bill 2. the extent or range of control,… …   English World dictionary

  • purview — pur|view [ˈpə:vju: US ˈpə:r ] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Anglo French; Origin: purveu est it is provided (first words of a law)] within/outside the purview of sb/sth formal within or outside the limits of someone s job, activity, or knowledge ▪ This… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • purview — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)vjuː[/t]] N SING: usu N of n The purview of something such as an organization or activity is the range of things it deals with. [FORMAL] That, however, was beyond the purview of the court; it was a diplomatic matter …   English dictionary

  • purview — noun within /outside the purview of formal within or outside the limits of someone s job, activity, or knowledge: This matter comes within the purview of the Department of Health …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • purview — pur|view [ pɜrvju ] noun singular FORMAL the area of responsibility or influence that a person or organization has: Raising the funds is outside the purview of this committee …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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