1. (a) Law The body of a statute, or that part which begins with “ Be it enacted, ” as distinguished from the preamble. --Cowell. (b) 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.
n : the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated;
"It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge" [syn: horizon,