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Definition the scope or range of one's knowledge or responsibility

In addition to referencing the scope or jurisdiction of a law,  purview more rarely, references the written part of legislation that follows the preamble and tells what is required by the law.
  • Domestic spying is outside the purview of the CIA.
  • She will not answer questions on the topic — saying it is outside her purview and competence.
  • This kind of rumor usually falls under the purview of conspiracy theorists.
  • Family law matters are traditionally the purview of state courts.
  • At that Mr. Heelas fled precipitately upstairs, and the rest of the chase is beyond his purview.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The explanation was the same: a dangerous error had been made, beyond the purview of Dragonfly.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Yet, with her prescience, she was aware of dooms and sorrows outside her lover's purview.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Verifying that claim is beyond the purview of this book.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Will it be said that the FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES of the Confederation were not within the purview of the convention, and ought not to have been varied?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is not often I have young Shadowhunters so close within my purview.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Best to limit your purview to straight ahead.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • ... No, of course they couldn't; it was not what interested them; they had other priorities and did not care to be burdened by problems beyond their purview.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • She was acutely aware that this was a job that lay well outside her purview at Milton, and she knew Armansky would be furious if he found out what she was doing.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • One can almost hear a unified sigh rise from the nearby city and surrounding countryside where Nature has intervened to give respite to the weary humans slogging it out within her purview.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • One, two; one, two; the heart beats in serenity, in confidence, in some trance of well-being, in some rapture of benignity; and look—the outermost parts of the earth—pale shadows on the utmost horizon, India for instance, rise into our purview.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • This tale from very early in the Troy-story lies outside Homer's purview, but he appears to have remodeled it in the first book when Akhilleus is begging his mother to intervene with Zeus on his behalf: the hero reminds Thetis that she has a claim on Zeus, rehearsing a story of how she had once saved him from a revolt among the gods by enlisting the support of Briareus, "more powerful than the sea-god, his father.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This follows from the fact that if the BTDUs (rolls) are stationed, while inactive, outside of the purview of the controlling office (i. e., the office that has collectively purchased the BTDU)-that is, if the BTDUS are stored, for example, in a lobby area or within the facility in which they are i66 actually utilized, they will be subject to pilferage and "shrink. age" as unauthorized persons consume them, either as partof a conscious effort to pilfer or out of an honest...
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Things were going to be a little easier, considered the CIA man, grateful because his assignment was beyond the purview of the Agency.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • In determining the extent of information required in the exercise of a particular authority, recourse then must be had to the objects within the purview of that authority.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • With Dimitri's authority I've made arrangements for your visit to Novgorod-please don't tell me your objective; it's not in my purview any more than the question you asked is in yours.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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