Definition for PUR'VIEW

PUR'VIEW, n. [Norm. and Fr. pourveu, purvieu, purvey; Fr. pourvu, provided, from pourvoir. See Purvey.]

  1. Primarily, a condition or proviso; but in this sense not used.
  2. The body of a statute, or that part which begins with “Be it enacted,” as distinguished from the preamble. – Cowel. Encyc.
  3. In modern usage, the limit or scope of a statute; the whole extent of its intention or provisions. – Marshall.
  4. Superintendence. The federal power … is confined to objects of a general nature, more within the purview of the United States, than of any particular one. [Unusual.] – Ramsay.
  5. Limit or sphere intended; 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. – Federalist, Madison.

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