view·​point | \ ˈvyü-ˌpȯint How to pronounce viewpoint (audio) \
plural viewpoints

Definition of viewpoint

: a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated : point of view, standpoint The novel is told from two major viewpoints and a number of minor ones …— Marge Piercy As with politics, he'd eventually come around to the opposite viewpoint from the one he'd previously advocated and express it just as stridently.— Irvine Welsh He began to look at the matter from Claire's viewpoint, and his pity switched from himself to her.— P. G. Wodehouse

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Examples of viewpoint in a Sentence

The story is told from the viewpoint of someone who grew up during the Great Depression. Her viewpoint is that of a person who has been in politics for decades.
Recent Examples on the Web Late April and early May will bring more interactions with friends, as well as new goals, enabling you to develop a more tolerant and open-minded viewpoint. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 5, 2020: Happy birthday Christopher Guest; Capricorn, good day for advice," 5 Feb. 2020 Boston was apparently expressing a viewpoint that marijuana should be legalized. Andy Humbles, USA TODAY, "Sheriff: Man pleading for pot legalization lights up in front of judge," 29 Jan. 2020 To see the phenomenon, the El Capitan picnic area is a good viewpoint. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "This Rare Spectacle Is Coming to Yosemite—but Only for Two Weeks," 22 Jan. 2020 While the new alliance will incorporate this philosophy and showcase a unified message for the broader industry, some issues might not lend themselves to a single viewpoint. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "After initiative on hot car deaths, automakers push for one voice on key issues," 8 Jan. 2020 With a special viewpoint that few can speak to in K-pop, the 39-year-old began her career in K-pop's biggest agency, SM Entertainment, before working with other labels and agencies, returning to SM for S.E.S' 20-year anniversary. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Bada Reflects on Journey From First-Generation K-Pop Idol to Independent Artist," 25 Nov. 2019 Appointed in April 2018, Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser and is known for advocating military action abroad, a viewpoint Trump has resisted. Hillel Italie,, "AP sources: Former Trump adviser John Bolton has a book deal," 9 Nov. 2019 Again, try to create a contrarian viewpoint, seeing what other horse players aren’t seeing, this is where value can be had, as 7-5 favorites are simply the result of everyone seeing the same thing. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Omaha Beach wows in return," 6 Oct. 2019 This is not a request from me or a viewpoint from me. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Only on AP: Jaguars owner has no plans to trade Jalen Ramsey," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of viewpoint

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Viewpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of viewpoint

: a way of looking at or thinking about something


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