a place affording a view of something; position of observation: to sketch a river from the viewpoint of a bluff.
an attitude of mind, or the circumstances of an individual that conduce to such an attitude: new marketing techniques seen from the consumer's viewpoint.

Origin of viewpoint

1855–60; alteration of point of view, modeled on standpoint

Synonyms for viewpoint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for viewpoints

Contemporary Examples of viewpoints

Historical Examples of viewpoints

  • Books of multiple authorship often possess too wide a diversity of viewpoints.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • They discussed the matter from all viewpoints, but there was nothing to be done.

  • Coffee is as satisfactory from these viewpoints as any other food product.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • And then the five students fell to discussing the matter from all viewpoints.

  • The bloom may properly be described as rare from two viewpoints.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

British Dictionary definitions for viewpoints



the mental attitude that determines a person's opinions or judgments; point of view
a place from which something can be viewed
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Word Origin and History for viewpoints



1856, of mental positions; 1858 in a physical sense, from view + point (n.).

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