Definition of purview in English:



  • 1The scope of the influence or concerns of something.

    ‘such a case might be within the purview of the legislation’
    • ‘The selection of people to be placed under observation is entirely within the purview of the investigating police officers.’
    • ‘So whether it's done in Guantanamo or somewhere else, it needs to be done and it should be under the purview of the Pentagon with oversight from outside.’
    • ‘It seems to me that this action is inappropriate and not within the purview of the school's obligations and responsibility.’
    • ‘If Westminster MPs only talked about issues that fell within the legal purview of the House of Commons they would have some extraordinarily truncated discussions.’
    • ‘The curious thing, in the setting of the Regulations Review Committee, is that not all subordinate legislation is within the purview of the committee.’
    • ‘One system did not handle what fell within the purview of the other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tours are typically arranged between the boards of the countries involved and do not really come under its purview, except perhaps as a facilitator.’
    • ‘It is not within the purview of the legal system to help us grieve.’
    • ‘It was not pressed with any force by Mr Blades, and is not within the purview of Boyd's leave to appeal granted by us.’
    • ‘Important spheres of local public life fell outside of the purview of most scholarly narratives.’
    • ‘Every human action takes place within the purview of moral judgment.’
    • ‘That is why we view with concern a proposal to partially exempt NSW politicians from the purview of the state's anti-corruption watchdog.’
    • ‘But I don't think it's within the purview of the commission to get into that.’
    • ‘The question of awards and damages should be the purview of state legislators.’
    • ‘We're not focused on cancer, teeth, or anything that is specifically within the purview of a sister institute.’
    • ‘Once he does that, their behaviours no longer fall under the purview of evolutionary theory, as it is not generally concerned with pathology.’
    • ‘Whatever additional value they may have as companions, from this perspective, is beyond the purview of the law to address.’
    • ‘Clearly, regulation of the truthfulness of such statements is properly within the purview of government regulation.’
    • ‘Why would it not be within the purview of trade policy to say, yes, we're going to make a determination about what kind of country we want this to be.’
    range of experience, outlook, perspective, scope, perception, compass, sphere, ambit, orbit
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    1. 1.1 Range of experience or thought.
      ‘social taboos meant that little information was likely to come within the purview of women generally’
      • ‘One is that ‘every human action takes place within the purview of moral judgment.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a result of these developments, the number of countries within the purview of the IMF increased once again, so that by 2002 it had 183 member states.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Only the state of the sanity of the defendant's mind mattered, and that was the purview of men with education and experience.’
      • ‘In Australia, both roles remain within the nursing purview.’
      • ‘Calving percentage, clearly a variable within the purview of management, was the only variable significant in all three models.’
      • ‘Consequently, the detailed composition of clinical work is regarded as something that lies solely within the purview of the clinicians immediately involved.’
      • ‘In general, the quest for sexual fulfillment lay within the purview of men, from whom vigorous sexual activity was anticipated as soon as maturity had been attained.’


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 …’.