point of departure

noun
1.
Nautical. the precise location of a vessel, established in order to set a course, especially in beginning a voyage in open water.
2.
a place to begin, as in a discussion, argument, etc.
Also called departure.


Origin:
1855–60

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point of departure

noun
1. a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched; "one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him"; "my point of departure was San Francisco" [syn: jumping-off place
2. a beginning from which an enterprise is launched; "he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own"; "reality provides the jumping-off point for his illusions"; "the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out" [syn: springboard
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Example sentences
Actual value of may vary based on point of departure.
Actual value of trip prize will depend on airfare fluctuations and point of
  departure.
These approaches, however different, still all take the traditional corporation
  as their point of departure.
As a point of departure, let's take up higher education.
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