V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. point of view; 2. objective assessment of a situation; 3. the appearance of objects to the observer

Synonyms: viewpoint, position, angle, attitude, bias, outlook, range, span


Tips: Perspective is derived from the Latin perspectivus, “optical,” and also from Latin perspicere, “to look closely." If you say you need to "gain some perspective," you mean that you need to gain objectivity or look at the situation from an unbiased standpoint. A person's perspective is his or her viewpoint or outlook on a situation.

Usage Examples:

Each member of the team brought an entirely different perspective to the table, and all points of view were addressed during the meeting. (position, viewpoint)

I think we should distance ourselves from this issue in order to gain some perspective. (outlook, objectivity)

Our cultural differences caused us to have different perspectives on world issues. (attitudes, outlooks)

We'll have a beautiful perspective of the valley from atop that mountain. (view, outlook)

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