perspective [per-spek-tiv] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface.Compare , .
- a picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
- a visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
- the state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
- the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
- the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
- a mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.
- of or relating to the art of perspective, or represented according to its laws.
Origin of perspective 1350–1400; Middle English Medieval Latin perspectīva (ars) optical (science), perspectīvum optical glass, noun uses of feminine and neuter of perspectīvus optical, equivalent to Latin perspect-, past participle stem of perspicere to look at closely (see, ) + -īvus Related formsper·spec·tiv·al, adjectiveper·spec·tived, adjectiveper·spec·tive·less, adjectiveper·spec·tive·ly, adverbnon·per·spec·tive, noun, adjectiveCan be confusedperspective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for perspectival Contemporary Examples of perspectival
You can only imagine the perspectival shifting that occurred.
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British Dictionary definitions for perspectival perspective noun
- a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance
- the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivitytry to get some perspective on your troubles
- the theory or art of suggesting three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface, in order to recreate the appearance and spatial relationships that objects or a scene in recession present to the eye
- the appearance of objects, buildings, etc, relative to each other, as determined by their distance from the viewer, or the effects of this distance on their appearance
- a view over some distance in space or time; vista; prospect
- a picture showing perspective
Derived Formsperspectively, adverbWord Origin for perspective C14: from Medieval Latin perspectīva ars the science of optics, from Latin perspicere to inspect carefully, from per- (intensive) + specere to behold Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for perspectival perspective n.
late 14c., “science of optics,” from Old French perspective and directly from Medieval Latin perspectiva ars “science of optics,” from fem. of perspectivus “of sight, optical” from Latin perspectus “clearly perceived,” past participle of perspicere “inspect, look through, look closely at,” from per- “through” (see) + specere “look at” (see (n.1)). Sense of “art of drawing objects so as to give appearance of distance or depth” is first found 1590s, influenced by Italian prospettiva, an artists’ term. The figurative meaning “mental outlook over time” is first recorded 1762.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper perspectival in Culture perspective
In drawing or painting, a way of portraying three dimensions on a flat, two-dimensional surface by suggesting depth or distance.
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