Definition of point of departure in US English:

point of departure


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

    ‘composers take him as a point of departure, whether by a process of imitation, assimilation, or rejection’
    • ‘I start my thinking at a different point of departure and generally proceed to a different destination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hold my students highly accountable for the mastering of fundamental skills as the point of departure in creating a musical experience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is essential to Luther's theology - its basis and heart, the point of departure on the road to all the following points.’
    • ‘His models and the objects surrounding them were there only as a point of departure for his own ideas.’
    • ‘Adopting a relational perspective on class, of course, is only a point of departure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Taking meanings or effects as the point of departure is fundamentally different from seeking to discover meaning (hermeneutics).’
    • ‘The second established an interesting point of departure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But even for them, as the very term post-Marxism suggests, the ideas of Marx remain a basic point of departure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A point of departure for these ideas is provided by Marcel Kalberer, Swiss-born architect working in Germany.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    basis, starting point, base, beginning, premise
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point of departure

/point əv dəˈpärCHər/