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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.
Origin of point of view
1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you do this conscientiously, you will probably find the fault therein and seek a remedy by changing the point-of-view.

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Come to think of it, we ought to set up a special woman's-point-of-view program, too.

    Get Out of Our Skies! E. K. Jarvis
  • 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)
  • If anything seem to be wrong with you, first examine the point-of-view.

  • The motives and point-of-view which determine most of his acts have become, so to speak, a part of his second nature.

    Heart and Soul Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
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
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Word Origin and History for point-of-view

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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