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.


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point of view
n , pl 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 narrated: the omniscient point of view

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Word Origin & History

point of view
"position from which a thing is viewed," mid-18c. Figurative use is from 1760. Cf. Fr. point de vue, a loan-translation of L. punctum visus. Cf. also Ger. Gesichtspunkt.
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Idioms & Phrases

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 Britannica

point of view

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

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Example sentences
It's best to start by thinking about it from the chairman's point of view.
Like the technology itself, it all depends on your point of view.
Like last year, the screen shows the action from the home-plate umpire's point
  of view.
What the world is like from a dog's point of view.
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