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point of view

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.
1720-30 Unabridged
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  • Like last year, the screen shows the action from the home-plate umpire's point of view.
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  • Philosophers agree that there is no such thing as a neutral point of view.
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  • But I don't share that point of view.
  • This is a big challenge from a computer science point of view.
  • However I tend to look at situations from everyone's point of view.
British Dictionary definitions for point of view

point of view

noun (pl) 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 narrated: the omniscient point of view
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for point of view

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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Encyclopedia Article for point of view

in literature, the vantage point from which a story is presented.

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