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

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 Perhaps crypto does have some nominal value based on its dark money usage, or collectability along the lines of Beanie Babies, but from a financial viewpoint that value is hardly worth considering. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Even putting something away in a drawer or revisiting it at a later time can give a new viewpoint and insight. Karina Michel Feld, Rolling Stone, 19 July 2022 The consortium reported that then-CEO Travis Kalanick viewed possible violence against Uber drivers as positive from a public relations viewpoint. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 11 July 2022 The decision came on the heels of a series of rulings in which the court has significantly shifted the interpretation of the Constitution toward a conservative viewpoint. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 The blaze is burning approximately 6.5 miles from Rainbow Point, a viewpoint on the southern end of the park, near where officials on Tuesday closed three of the park’s backcountry campsites. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 June 2022 Walser said teachers, not state lawmakers, hold the solutions to improving Alabama schools, a viewpoint that exemplifies the Libertarian Party philosophy of small government. Mike Cason |, al, 13 June 2022 But through the 8-episode run of Season 1, millions who may not have previously done so began to look at people in different walks of life with a new viewpoint. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 3 June 2022 Ashley Roberts, a TikTok user who previously found herself in the crosshairs of pro-Depp supporters and men's rights activists for expressing a differing viewpoint, told CNN Business Wednesday evening. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of viewpoint

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Viewpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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