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PUR'VIEW, noun

1. Primarily, a condition or proviso; but in this sense not used.

2. The body of a statute, or that part which begins with 'Be it enacted, ' as distinguished form the preamble.

3. In modern usage, the limit or scope of a statute; the whole extend of its intention or provisions.

4. Superintendence.

The federal power--is confined to objects of a general nature, more within the purview of the United States, than of any particular one. [Unusual.]

5. Limit or sphere intended; 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.