Pronunciation: (pur-vā'uns), [key]
1. the act of purveying.
2. something that is purveyed, as provisions.
3. Eng. Law.a prerogative of the crown, abolished in 1660, allowing provisions, supplies, or services for the sovereign or the royal household to be purchased or acquired at an appraised value.
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