Definition of purveyance in US English:



  • 1The action of purveying something.

    • ‘The reorganization made it possible to put the fuel supply in order within a short period, to streamline its delivery, and to establish day-to-day supervision of fuel production and fuel purveyance to large strategic formations.’
    • ‘It essentially deals with information collection and purveyance.’
    • ‘Fuller became a thorn in the government's side on many other issues, particularly the great questions of royal finance, purveyance and impositions.’
    • ‘William Cecil thought it would be a good idea to replace purveyance entirely with composition and gradually this began to be the case.’
    • ‘As a result of this selection being chosen, testing for a liberal media bias, whether one views it as an assertion or an assumption was not within the purveyance of this study.’
    • ‘Coupons and special ‘cheap times’ are just the beginning of customer promotions in the modern world of sex purveyance.’
    • ‘Now, we in the humanities are concerned primarily with the monitoring of the dominant cultural tradition, its preservation and its purveyance, right?’
    1. 1.1British historical The right of the sovereign to buy provisions and use horses and vehicles for a fixed price lower than the market value.


Middle English (in the senses ‘foresight’ and ‘prearrangement’): from Old French porveance, from Latin providentia ‘foresight’ (see providence).