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The part of a statute or a law that delineates its purpose and scope.

Purview refers to the enacting part of a statute. It generally begins with the words be it enacted and continues as far as the repealing clause. The purview is distinguished from other parts of a statute, such as the title, preamble, and savings clauses.


noun ambit, area, arena, borderline, boundary, bounds, breadth, circumscription, compass, concern, confine, contemplation, delimitation, department, design, extent, latitudo, limit, limitation, limits, locus, magnitude, meaning, orbit, perimeter, plan, province, purpose, range, reach, scope, span, sphere, stretch, term, territory, view, zone
Associated concepts: purview of a statute
See also: area, coverage, jurisdiction, province, scope

PURVIEW. That part of an act of the legislature which begins with the words "Be it enacted," &c., and ends before the repealing clause. Cooke's R. 330 3 Bibb, 181. According to Cowell, this word also signifies a conditional gift or grant. It is said to be derived from the French pourvu, provided. It always implies a condition. Interpreter, h.t.

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1) If 4 justices concur that the request is not within that purview, the attorney general will be advised immediately in writing and a copy will be filed in the clerk's office.
Consequently, one can view this process as officially falling outside the purview of the FAR and DFARS.
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With the commissioning of practices such as Morphosis, it has also expanded the purview beyond those established architects who have sometimes monopolized government work.
They spent money on a consultant who helped them write a compact specifying which responsibilities belonged to the board and which were the purview of the superintendent.
But this endeavor was outside the purview of the study.
Court stripping doesn't mean that politicians can take anything out of the federal courts' purview, he argued.
For years it has been an article of faith among Religious Right activists that Congress has the power to take certain issues and remove them from the purview of the federal court system.
This alone is instructive, because Arkfeld cites many data repositories--for example, cell-phone memories--that are outside the purview of most IM programs.
Nor is screaming generally associated with men; it is by nature a woman's purview.