What does the word purview mean?

Usage examples for purview

  1. The war and its results, the condition of the freedmen, and the manifest duty owed to them, no doubt brought on the occasion for constitutional amendment; but when the occasion came and men set themselves to the task, the accumulated evils falling within the purview of the work were the surrounding circumstances, in the light of which they strove to increase and strengthen the safeguards of the Constitution and laws. – Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 by Charles A. Beard
  2. Coming now to that clause requiring every state to give all persons within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws, Justice Miller indulged in the false prophecy: " We doubt very much whether any action of a state not directed by way of discrimination against the negroes as a class or on account of their race will ever be held to come within the purview of this provision." – Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 by Charles A. Beard
  3. But they did not neglect the various aspects of Australian scenery, so far as they came within their purview. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams