Definitions for: Purview

[n] the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated; "It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pur"view, n. [OF. purveu, pourveu, F. pourvu,
provided, p. p. of OF. porveoir, F. pourvoir. See Purvey,
View, and cf. Proviso.]
(a) (Law) The body of a statute, or that part which begins
with `` Be it enacted, '' as distinguished from the
preamble. --Cowell.
(b) Hence: The limit or scope of a statute; the whole
extent of its intention or provisions. --Marshall.

Profanations within the purview of several
statutes. --Bacon.

2. Limit or sphere of authority; scope; extent.

In determining the extent of information required in
the exercise of a particular authority, recourse
must be had to the objects within the purview of
that authority. --Madison.

Synonyms: horizon, view

See Also: ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope

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