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

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Examples of standpoint in a Sentence

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

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From a practical parenting standpoint, the speeder does have some drawbacks. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "I couldn’t test-drive Radio Flyer’s Star Wars landspeeder, but my 5-year-old did," 6 July 2018 Overview: As far as high-end golf courses go, this is actually a very friendly layout from a scoring standpoint in that players are afforded the ability to spray the ball around a little and keep it in play. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Whiskey Creek Golf Club," 20 June 2018 But helping families succeed matters from a public policy standpoint. Linda Valdez, The Republic |, "Valdez: DCS removes the most kids from high poverty ZIP codes. That's no coincidence," 27 May 2018 This was not a smart idea from a personal or national security standpoint. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Security News This Week: T-Mobile Web Portal Exposed 74 Million Accounts," 26 May 2018 From a chemical standpoint, it could be argued that the difference between the two is just a matter of degree. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Reporting on Bolivia’s Coca Rebirth: An Interview with Jessica Camille Aguirre," 14 May 2018 Kanye and Yeezy is a very important part of our brand from a revenue standpoint... Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Adidas Confirms They Won't Be Dropping Kanye West and Yeezy," 3 May 2018 There's no defending this last activity (or maybe any of these activities) from an aesthetic standpoint. Zach Baron, GQ, "In Praise of Being Washed," 2 July 2018 There's a lot more support for a male artist than female artist physically and as well as just from a behind the scenes standpoint, talking to producers, engineers and executives. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tinashe: "I Always Feel Like I Have Something To Prove"," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of standpoint

1829, in the meaning defined above

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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

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