point of departure

noun phrase

: a starting point especially in a discussion

Examples of point of departure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of the winners in this category represent the top 20% overall satisfaction score, based on passengers surveys conducted at the point of departure. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Mar. 2024 But Garrone is concerned with something that often escapes the headlines and statistics: the on-the-ground atrocities migrants endure to even reach that point of departure, including the traversing of a desert. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Both Tunisia and Mauritania were key points of departure for migrants crossing the Mediterranean and a stretch of the Atlantic to Italy and Spain, respectively, and they too were criticized for alleged abuses against migrants. Samy Magdy, Fortune Europe, 17 Mar. 2024 And so Sofía reaching out and wanting to be Griselda — which is sort of the impetus of this exploration — was the perfect point of departure. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 But that will eventually be a point of departure for the different Israeli ideologies and the two different Israeli governments. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2024 After being scheduled originally to depart from Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 1, the trip was abruptly postponed to Nov. 11, with Amsterdam becoming the new point of departure. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2023 Managing the effect of the pandemic on schooling marked another point of departure. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 The Dickies uniform has always been a point of departure. Ian F. Blair, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of point of departure was in 1804

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“Point of departure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20of%20departure. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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