stand·​point | \ ˈstan(d)-ˌpȯint How to pronounce standpoint (audio) \

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 beauty standpoint, makeup artist Sheika Daley kept it sweet and simple, yet still fun and whimsical with a layer of sky-blue shadow by Lancôme swept across her lids and subtly traced along her lower lashline to match her blue gown. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Zendaya Is Literally — Literally — Cinderella at the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 How does that work from a prosecutor or investigator’s standpoint? Jen Kirby, Vox, "How to flip a witness, as explained by a former federal prosecutor," 3 Aug. 2018 From the audience’s standpoint, the mood wildly swerved between illuminating, awkward and sometimes flat-out cringeworthy. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Here's What Went Down at Nick Cave's 'So, What Do You Want to Know?' Q&A in NYC," 4 May 2018 From a performance standpoint, the Surface Hub 2S offers 50 percent more graphics performance than the original Surface Hub. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches its Surface Hub 2S collaborative PC for $9,000," 17 Apr. 2019 What happened to Saint Laurent?’ From a business standpoint what Anthony is doing is incredible. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "Exclusive: Step Inside YSL’s New Parisian Headquarters," 15 Feb. 2019 The existence of double-bots is really interesting from a psychological standpoint. William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Akane No Mai’ and the introduction of Shogun World," 20 May 2018 Matt Stone, Courier Journal Louisville landing graduate transfer guard Christen Cunningham helped the program and its fan base in a variety of ways, namely from a psychological and emotional standpoint. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "How graduate transfer Christen Cunningham fits the Louisville roster," 9 May 2018 From a technical standpoint, USB4 is good news, promising to take the small jumble of USB specifications, form factors, and branding and consolidate them into something more understandable for a general audience. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of standpoint

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standpoint was in 1829

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English Language Learners Definition of standpoint

: a way in which something is thought about or considered


stand·​point | \ ˈstand-ˌpȯint How to pronounce standpoint (audio) \

Kids Definition of standpoint

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

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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