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 But when that question was asked about political affiliation or diversity of viewpoint, that number dropped from 70 to 50 percent. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "FL lawmaker on bill to allow recording of biased college lectures: Professors pushing 'conformity'," 27 Apr. 2021 Instead, tech companies tend to block users on the basis of viewpoint or content. David French, Time, "A Surprising Opinion From Justice Thomas May Signal an Ominous Shift on Free Speech," 9 Apr. 2021 Regardless of one's political viewpoint of the migrant crisis at America's southern border, the images of frightened, solitary children left without parents or adult supervision in the vast desert is heart-wrenching. Doug Mckelway, Washington Examiner, "Caring for the children: Migrant crisis at the southern border," 9 Apr. 2021 The Texas Senate approved a bill Thursday that would stop social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube from discriminating against users based on their viewpoint or location within the state. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Texas Senate greenlights bill to prevent social media companies from censoring Texans for political views," 1 Apr. 2021 Some listeners will stubbornly stick to their viewpoint, no matter what. Steve Denning, Forbes, "How To Lead Change From Anywhere," 21 Mar. 2021 But now imagine the track is turning to the right (from your viewpoint). Rhett Allain, Wired, "How Pi Keeps Train Wheels on Track," 14 Mar. 2021 Provocation yields more followers on social media, which in turn gives your viewpoint a bigger platform, which in turn brings more critics, if not trolls. Philip Elliott, Time, "Snarky Tweets Shouldn’t Override Smarts. But They Did for Neera Tanden," 3 Mar. 2021 You may be encouraged to adjust your viewpoint to accommodate someone’s beliefs. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 24, 2021: Libra, create a happy home; Capricorn, romance is on the menu this week," 24 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of viewpoint

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of viewpoint was in 1855

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30 Apr 2021

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“Viewpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of viewpoint

: a way of looking at or thinking about something


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

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