stand·​point | \ˈstan(d)-ˌpȯint \

Definition of standpoint 

: a position from which objects or principles are viewed and according to which they are compared and judged

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of standpoint in a Sentence

From an economic standpoint, the policy is sound. I never thought about it from that standpoint before.

Recent Examples on the Web

Washington’s political attention, from an electoral standpoint, will now shift to Mississippi, where Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Mike Espy, a former Clinton cabinet secretary, in a runoff. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Republican Rick Scott Wins Senate Race in Florida," 18 Nov. 2018 Walkers are still walkers, and for the most part, nothing has progressed meaningfully from an infrastructure standpoint, apart from the survivors building a windmill. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead’s fresh start looks like a big step back," 12 Nov. 2018 From a security standpoint, there’s another plus: The new 9th-generation parts contain some of Intel’s first mitigations in hardware to solve the Meltdown bug, the company said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists," 8 Oct. 2018 Ever since the director Mike Nichols plucked her from obscurity after seeing her one-woman show in the early ‘80s, she's built a career that's impressive from both a quality and quantity standpoint. Amanda Fitzsimons, Glamour, "Whoopi Goldberg Really, Really Doesn't Care," 21 Sep. 2018 The MagicScroll was developed by researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and is pretty impressive from an engineering standpoint. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, a Cylindrical Smartphone," 17 Sep. 2018 Only one is worth hoping for from an entertainment standpoint. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "LeBron James has only 1 choice if he wants to meet the challenge of his legacy head-on," 30 June 2018 But from an optics standpoint, Clune questioned the message being sent to the MSU community. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "Victim advocates fume over Michigan State attorney's new job on campus," 29 June 2018 Don Smiley, Summerfest president and chief executive officer, said the old U.S. Cellular Stage no longer worked from an operational or aesthetic standpoint. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest's new U.S. Cellular Connection Stage features charging stations and a really big video screen," 19 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'standpoint.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of standpoint

1829, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about standpoint

Share standpoint

Statistics for standpoint

Last Updated

27 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for standpoint

The first known use of standpoint was in 1829

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for standpoint



English Language Learners Definition of standpoint

: a way in which something is thought about or considered


stand·​point | \ˈstand-ˌpȯint \

Kids Definition of standpoint

: a way in which things are thought about : point of view

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on standpoint

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with standpoint

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for standpoint

Spanish Central: Translation of standpoint

Nglish: Translation of standpoint for Spanish Speakers

Comments on standpoint

What made you want to look up standpoint? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a knickknack or trinket

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!