an opinion or a way of thinking about ideas or situations synonym perspective a political/theoretical, etc. standpoint He is writing from the standpoint of someone who knows what life is like in prison.Extra examples We must approach the problem from a different standpoint. We should try to adopt a more positive standpoint. From a practical standpoint, there’s a desperate need for cheaper housing. He has written the book from the standpoint of someone who has experienced political persecution. This is a purely theoretical standpoint that has no basis in reality.