world·​view | \ ˈwərl(d)-ˌvyü How to pronounce worldview (audio) \

Definition of worldview

: a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint

called also weltanschauung

Examples of worldview in a Sentence

The two groups have very different worldviews.
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First Known Use of worldview

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Worldview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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: the way someone thinks about the world

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