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point of view

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noun
  1. a specified or stated manner of consideration or appraisal; standpoint: from the point of view of a doctor.
  2. an opinion, attitude, or judgment: He refuses to change his point of view in the matter.
  3. 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.
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Origin of point of view

First recorded in 1720–30
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Related Words

outlookangleorientationattitudeperspectivepositionstandpointopinionslantAnschauung

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  • You can express your own point-of-view there if you can get anybody to listen to you.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • But this paper is the soap-box of that chap, and his is the only point-of-view that'll be expressed in it.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Mrs. Longpré's point-of-view as regarded Jack and Florence was that of nearly all the faculty women who knew them.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • After all, looking at it from their point-of-view, and bearing in mind the freedom of the individual, why shouldn't they?

    Heart and Soul

    Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)

  • We can see the effects of certain occurrences and judge of their relative importance, from man's point-of-view.

    Heart and Soul

    Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)


British Dictionary definitions for point of view

point of view

noun plural points of view
  1. a position from which someone or something is observed
  2. a mental viewpoint or attitude
  3. 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

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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