point of view


noun

a specified or stated manner of consideration or appraisal; standpoint: from the point of view of a doctor.
an opinion, attitude, or judgment: He refuses to change his point of view in the matter.
the position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator's outlook from which the events are depicted and by the attitude toward the characters.

Nearby words

  1. point of no return,
  2. point of order,
  3. point of ossification,
  4. point of sailing,
  5. point of sale,
  6. point off,
  7. point out,
  8. point pleasant,
  9. point reyes lilac,
  10. point set topology

Origin of point of view

First recorded in 1720–30

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British Dictionary definitions for point of view

point of view

noun plural points of view

a position from which someone or something is observed
a mental viewpoint or attitude
the mental position from which a story is observed or narratedthe omniscient point of view
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Word Origin and History for point of view

point of view

n.

"position from which a thing is viewed," 1727, translating French point de vue, a loan-translation of Latin punctum visus. Figurative use is from 1760. The Latin phrase was translated into German as Gesichtspunkt.

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Idioms and Phrases with point of view

point of view

An attitude or standpoint, how one sees or thinks of something. For example, From the manufacturer's point of view, the critical issue is cost. This expression, originally alluding to one's vantage point in seeing a building or painting or other object, dates from the early 1700s.

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