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1. The body of a statute, or that part which begins with be it enacted, as distinguished from the preamble. Hence: The limit or scope of a statute; the whole extent of its intention or provisions. Profanations within the purview of several statutes. (bacon)

2. Limit or sphere of authority; 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. (Madison)

Origin: OF. Purveu, pourveu, F. Pourvu, provided, p. P. Of OF. Porveoir, F. Pourvoir. See Purvey, View, and cf. Proviso.