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Definition of "perspective" []

  • A view or vista. (noun)
  • A mental view or outlook: "It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present” ( Fabian Linden). (noun)
  • The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision. (noun)
  • The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective. (noun)
  • Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "perspective" in a sentence
  • "V. i.204 (246,9) [A natural perspective] A _perspective_ seems to be taken for shows exhibited through a glass with such lights as make the pictures appear really protruberant."
  • "Sounds sensational yet like polaccs when put in perspective is not anyhwhere as bad as it seems."
  • "This switch in perspective is the basis for developing empathy."