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Purveyance   Listen
noun
Purveyance  n.  
1.
The act or process of providing or procuring; providence; foresight; preparation; management. "The ill purveyance of his page."
2.
That which is provided; provisions; food.
3.
(Eng. Law) A providing necessaries for the sovereign by buying them at an appraised value in preference to all others, and oven without the owner's consent. This was formerly a royal prerogative, but has long been abolished.






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"Purveyance" Quotes from Famous Books



... degenerate not, unto whom the conservation of duty to the public ought to be much more precious than the conservation of life and being;' and, by way of illustration, he mentions first the case of Pompey the Great, 'who being in commission of purveyance for a famine at Rome, and being dissuaded with great vehemency by his friends, that he should not hazard himself to sea in an extremity of weather, he said only to them, "Necesse est ut eam, non ut vivam."' But, he adds, 'it may be truly affirmed, that there was never ...
— The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded • Delia Bacon



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