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 over the weekend, visitors to the Grand Canyon could be spotted snapping photos at popular viewpoints, according to photos shared by the AP. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "As National Parks Reopen, What to Consider Before You Go," 18 May 2020 Differing viewpoints Public health experts had varying views of the new study. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Questions linger as new research suggests election was linked to rise in coronavirus cases," 18 May 2020 But there is much of it that’s not, including a lack of prominent voices, unchecked statements and the viewpoint of others to challenge narratives. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "What we learned about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls from 'The Last Dance'," 18 May 2020 Journalists who are credible learn about all sides and represent multiple viewpoints. Dallas News, "A Harvard professor accused of creating the coronavirus shares my last name. Are we related?," 1 May 2020 Nevertheless, the quickening pace of public and private lunar exploration could soon overwhelm this viewpoint. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Astronomers Battle Space Explorers for Access to Moon’s Far Side," 7 Apr. 2020 The archdiocese sued, saying the policy violated the First Amendment’s prohibition of government discrimination against speech based on its viewpoint. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court rules on traffic stops and age bias," 6 Apr. 2020 Church has been leaning on his political outsider viewpoint as a veteran, and has put out timely videos backing up Trump on Soleimani and on impeachment. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Bloomberg qualifies for next two debates," 18 Feb. 2020 The novel’s narrative is always told from either Connell or Marianne’s perspective, and translating that interiority and shifting viewpoint onto the screen was one of the production team’s biggest priorities — and challenges. Eleanor Stanford, New York Times, "‘Normal People’ Takes Sex Seriously," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of viewpoint

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Viewpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of viewpoint

: a way of looking at or thinking about something


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