Your perspective is the way you see something. If you think that toys corrupt children's minds, then from your perspective a toy shop is an evil place.

Perspective has a Latin root meaning "look through" or "perceive," and all the meanings of perspective have something to do with looking. If you observe the world from a dog's perspective, you see through the dog's eyes. In drawing, perspective gives your drawing the appearance of depth or distance. If we say someone "has perspective," we mean she has a sensible outlook on life.

Definitions of perspective
  1. noun
    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
    synonyms: position, view
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    bird's eye view, panoramic view
    a situation or topic as if viewed from an altitude or distance
    the position that the meaning of life should be sought in the future
    cutting edge, forefront, vanguard
    the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field
    the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time
    a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
    a range of mental vision
    Weltanschauung, world view
    a comprehensive view of the world and human life
    a noncommittal or equivocal position
    point of view
    the perspective from which a story is told
    clockwork universe
    the view that the universe resembles a clock built by God and ticking along according to Newtonian mechanics
    first person
    narration from the point of view of the speaker or narrator, using the pronouns ‘I’ or ‘we’
    second person
    narration from the point of view of the listener or audience, using the pronoun ‘you’
    third person
    narration from the point of view of the people being described, using the pronouns ‘he,’ ‘she,’ and ‘they’
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    an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
  2. noun
    the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer
    synonyms: linear perspective
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    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
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