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a. A view or vista.
b. A mental view or outlook: "It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present" (Fabian Linden).
2. The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
a. An understanding of how aspects of a subject relate to each other and to the whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective.
b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.
c. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
4. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective.

[Middle English, science of optics (influenced by French perspective, perspective), from Medieval Latin perspectīva (ars), feminine of perspectīvus, optical, from perspectus, past participle of perspicere, to inspect : per-, per- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

per·spec′tiv·al adj.
per·spec′tive·ly adv.


relating to, shown, or viewed in perspective
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She covers cosmic miniatures and critical horizons: exercising the future sense, global miniatures and Marxist horizons: conjunctions in narrative time, and German miniatures and perspectival horizons: recalibrating historical voice.
While perspectival elements are most of the time used from the perspective of the speaker, they can also be used from the perspective of someone else, a possibility that is fully exploited in narratives.
The imminent demise of the image-based visual culture of modernity is all the more inevitable as it is due not to ideology, but to sheer technological obsolescence: Just as during the Renaissance, Western information technologies went from verbal to visual, today global technology and culture are going from visual to spatial--from 2-D to 3-D, from perspectival projection to volumetric point cloud.
8) In that case, the conclusions of this paper, which concern the relevance of intuitive data to semantic theory, may have wider application within semantic theorizing regarding epistemic modals and perspectival expressions in general.
While the large central panel has a clear horizon--where the perspectival orthogonals that fill out the bottom half terminate--the illusion of depth is disrupted by a black triangle, its top edge aligning with the horizon line while the opposite acute vertex points sharply down towards the lower left corner.
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Described Interiors and Perspectival Representation
Cecilia feels almost Rothko-esque, with its prominent facade of strong lines and bold block shapes, a bar space with strong perspectival lines, and chairs crisply textured with leather and wood.
Central is the productive function of perspectival thinking by which he grasps and expounds the main constitutive elements of formative philosophy: a pluralistic metaphilosophy consisting of (1) conflict as a positive force (2) contradictory philosophies being needed (3) aporetic acceptance of gaps and barriers as basic to experience and (4) partiality as a positive element of thinking existence.
This is an extraordinary and fascinating observation; that there is a sense of space created by the interplay of the three panels of a triptych that is somehow more profound, possibly more religious, than the space of a conventional, perspectival image with vanishing-point.
3) The phenomenal character of an experience can only be captured by means of perspectival concepts.