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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There were conflicting viewpoints, the agency found, about the right of the regents to make personnel recommendations and how various political interests influenced the board’s decisions. Talia Richman,, "Why has the University of Maryland been placed on 'warning' by its accrediting agency?," 2 July 2019 Walk in the Clouds Geiranger Skywalk is the highest roadside viewpoint of a fjord in all of Europe. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Experiences You Can Only Have in Scandinavia," 8 Apr. 2019 Despite the conflicting viewpoints and growing pains, there appears to be progress in clearing up this gray area. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants," 15 June 2019 But, most crucial, there are features of any given site that work directly and indirectly on the visitor to suggest optimal viewpoints and therefore optimal photographic angles. New York Times, "Take a Photo Here," 27 June 2018 Since the company keeps its marketing, IT and product management in-house, those viewpoints and talents each combine together to make up a whole team that can tackle every challenge. Jessica Levy,, "Quality furniture helps students thrive at School Outfitters," 8 June 2018 In truth, Google’s promise to allow its employees to freely speak their minds only applies to people who represent the majority viewpoint and use the majority’s rhetoric. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Ex-Google engineer: I was fired for being too liberal," 22 Feb. 2018 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

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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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