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per·spec·tive  audio  (pr-spktv) KEY 

    1. A view or vista.
    2. A mental view or outlook: "It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present" (Fabian Linden).
  1. The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
    1. 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.
    2. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.
    3. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
  2. 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 perspectva (ars), feminine of perspectvus, optical, from perspectus, past participle of perspicere, to inspect : per-, per- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots

per·spectiv·al(Adjective), per·spective·ly(Adverb)

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