Definition of purview in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərˌvyo͞o/


[in singular]
1The scope of the influence or concerns of something: such a case might be within the purview of the legislation
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  • The curious thing, in the setting of the Regulations Review Committee, is that not all subordinate legislation is within the purview of the committee.
  • As far as the question of double-dipping is concerned, that is within the purview of the Minister to answer, and the Minister can comment on that part.
  • That is why we view with concern a proposal to partially exempt NSW politicians from the purview of the state's anti-corruption watchdog.
1.1A range of experience or thought: social taboos meant that little information was likely to come within the purview of women generally
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  • Now we're getting people who are reviewing up to a dozen applications, not in their area of speciality but in, what you might say, their wider purview of experience.
  • Only the state of the sanity of the defendant's mind mattered, and that was the purview of men with education and experience.
  • The film points out that these novels were written by a man who had never been to America, and links Hitler to him as also a man who had no experience of cultures outside his purview.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purveu 'foreseen', past participle of purveier (see purvey). Early use was as a legal term specifying the body of a statute following the words “be it enacted.”.

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Syllabification: pur·view

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