point of view

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Calque of French point de vue.[1]

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point of view (plural points of view)

  1. A position from which something is seen; outlook; standpoint.
    From an economist's point of view, business is all about money.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
  2. An attitude, opinion, or set of beliefs.
    His point of view is that there is only one true religion.
  3. (literary theory) The perspective from which a narrative is related.
    The storyline in the film “The Usual Suspects” is presented from the point of view of an unreliable narrator.

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  1. ^ point of view” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.