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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Purveyance \Pur*vey"ance\, n. [Cf. F. pourvoyance.] 1. The act or process of providing or procuring; providence; foresight; preparation; management. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The ill purveyance of his page. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is provided; provisions; food. [1913 Webster] 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. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]