One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of purveying something.
- ‘Now, we in the humanities are concerned primarily with the monitoring of the dominant cultural tradition, its preservation and its purveyance, right?’
- ‘William Cecil thought it would be a good idea to replace purveyance entirely with composition and gradually this began to be the case.’
- ‘Coupons and special ‘cheap times’ are just the beginning of customer promotions in the modern world of sex purveyance.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 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).
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