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 Our viewpoint was that this is taking off in the U.S., Australia and Europe because of consumer behavior. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, "With Sezzle now worth more than $1 billion, CEO describes a year on a rocket ship," 26 Dec. 2020 Such a viewpoint is increasingly on display in new art exhibits in Beijing, in the more combative behavior of Chinese diplomats, and in online commentary that compares the current state of the U.S. to the fall of the British empire. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Joe Biden underestimated China’s ability to innovate before. He shouldn’t repeat that mistake," 17 Dec. 2020 But what are the consequences when only one side of the story gets out or when only one viewpoint is acceptable? Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Full text: Tiffany and Eric Trump Republican National Convention speeches," 26 Aug. 2020 On Thursday, a group of leading conservative activists endorsed the viewpoint that the election was essentially stolen from Trump, including Tea Party leaders who backed Cruz’s election to the Senate in 2012. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Cruz offer to argue before Supreme Court gives him some 2024 luster," 11 Dec. 2020 So maybe, to the delight of snow lovers, the contrarian viewpoint will prevail. Washington Post, "Taking stock of every winter outlook for Washington, D.C.," 7 Dec. 2020 Wade was well-known for his strong anti-slavery views at a time when that viewpoint was unpopular, according to the Ohio History Connection. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s campaign spends nearly $1m on defense lawyers: Capitol Letter," 23 Oct. 2020 But Gideon clearly did not share this viewpoint of his house. Washington Post, "Susie Yang’s ‘White Ivy’ is an entertaining character study of a social climber with a secret," 5 Nov. 2020 From an educational viewpoint, the idea was that students could learn about performance or historical music by listening to these old recordings. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "A temple of sound awaits in the UCSB’s collection of early music and sound recordings," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Viewpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce viewpoint (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of viewpoint

: a way of looking at or thinking about something


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