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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Anglo-Norman French, mid-15th century


The scope of the influence or concerns of something.

Examples of Purview in a sentence

"Corporate law did not fall under the purview of Rebecca’s legal firm. "

"The security officer on duty said anything that happened in the courtyard wasn’t his purview."

About Purview

This word is late Middle English. It comes originally from the Anglo-Norman French “purveu,” meaning “foreseen,” which is a past participle of “purveier.”

Did you Know?

In its earliest use, purview’s root, “perveu,” was a term that introduced statutes in English legal documents in the Middle Ages. The modern, expanded use of the word actually stems from the meaning of “view,” or a “manner of regarding something.”

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