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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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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