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.

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As a result, audiences are exposed to an array of voices and viewpoints that are vastly distinct, uniformly compelling and thoroughly entertaining. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla Playhouse announces major gift to create theater’s artistic-director chair," 7 June 2019 While most likely a reference to President Lincoln's first inaugural address, the line was also frequently used by former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who also left the Trump administration citing differences in viewpoints with Mr. Trump. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Tillerson jokes at Boy Scouts meeting that God "sent him home" from State post to "save" his life," 5 June 2019 But not surprisingly, a judicial viewpoint that’s uninterested in democratic governance is also fundamentally uninterested in the practice of democracy. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will delegitimize the Supreme Court — and that’s good," 5 Oct. 2018 The goal is to foster a more inclusive and equitable workplace and to boost the bottom line by hiring people who have different viewpoints and experiences that can help solve business problems. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Atlassian CIO Makes Diversity a Priority," 8 May 2019 But McIntosh and his 17-and-under AAU team, which includes several Louisville-area high school basketball players, witnessed the entire thing and offered a different viewpoint in a Monday interview with the Courier Journal. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville-area AAU team witnessed RAW Athletics brawl with ref," 9 July 2018 My sense is that Goodell largely stayed out of the way because everyone had a different viewpoint, influenced by a ton of different factors from politics to geography to the business impact the anthem debate had on each individual owner’s team. Albert Breer,, "NFL Anthem Policy: Why Owners Decided on the New Rule," 24 May 2018 This doesn’t seem much like a guy who loves New York for its diversity of faces, voices, and viewpoints, does it? Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Lawyer Famous for Racism Says Racism Not the ‘Real Me’," 22 May 2018 But now in camp, Mayfield has a different viewpoint. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Baker Mayfield says competition with Tyrod Taylor won't separate the locker room," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of viewpoint

1855, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of viewpoint

: a way of looking at or thinking about something


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