Definition of point of departure in English:

point of departure


  • The starting point of a line of thought or course of action; an initial assumption.

    ‘Keynes took these current events as his point of departure’
    • ‘I hold my students highly accountable for the mastering of fundamental skills as the point of departure in creating a musical experience.’
    • ‘Adopting a relational perspective on class, of course, is only a point of departure.’
    • ‘Even though discourse analysis and philosophy have common points of departure in their concern with meaning and understanding, discourse analysis moves in a slightly different direction as it begins to explore these concepts.’
    • ‘A point of departure for these ideas is provided by Marcel Kalberer, Swiss-born architect working in Germany.’
    • ‘With few exceptions, the term was used at a relatively late period and it is too slight a point of departure on which to base wider conclusions, particularly where the Gospels are concerned.’
    • ‘His models and the objects surrounding them were there only as a point of departure for his own ideas.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, when numerous articles use the same assumption as a point of departure, that monotone can leave the false impression that the paper has chosen sides.’
    • ‘The first point of departure from the over-crowded, over - embellished and over-ambitious plates we see too often in Scotland is a straightforward, streamlined presentation.’
    • ‘Taking meanings or effects as the point of departure is fundamentally different from seeking to discover meaning (hermeneutics).’
    • ‘The show deals with issues of refugee arriving in the country and the various points of departure and concepts of identification (self or otherwise) that surround it.’
    • ‘But even for them, as the very term post-Marxism suggests, the ideas of Marx remain a basic point of departure.’
    • ‘The second established an interesting point of departure.’
    • ‘I start my thinking at a different point of departure and generally proceed to a different destination.’
    • ‘It is not surprising, therefore, that many researchers make claims in their reports of their investigations about having sought to take the views of the people they studied as the point of departure.’
    • ‘In the midst of all the clamor for redistribution, we should not forget our initial point of departure: that ordinary contracts produce gains from trade that are shared by all parties.’
    • ‘This is a critical point of departure from the way in which health policy reform has been conceived in Australia for the past half century, and it provides the crucial exit strategy out of the current policy impasse.’
    • ‘Klein's work on positions, starting around 1934, marks her point of departure from Freudian theory.’
    • ‘The premature independence a young child acquires in a single-parent home marks a point of departure from the developmental course of the child from a never-divorced family.’
    • ‘This is essential to Luther's theology - its basis and heart, the point of departure on the road to all the following points.’
    • ‘Taking this line of research as a point of departure, it will be useful to make a clarifying distinction between problems of information and of knowledge.’
    basis, starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premise
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