Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The point from which any one or anything starts; point of departure.
“Although this date is often used as the starting-point from which to make a comparison, it is a silly one.”
“Thus, she would tap the western bank directly opposite the starting-point, where she could work up-stream in the slacker flood.”
“His next novel, The Master, took as its starting-point Henry James's deep humiliation when the first night of his play Guy Domville was a disaster.”
“A lot of this discussion proceeds from the dubious starting-point that ‘Europe’ is a coherent bloc you can oppose to ‘America’.”
“What's your usual starting-point for a Winston Breen novel?”
“It's finally just a convenient starting-point for advancing other agendas.”
“This theory, indeed, seems to be the starting-point of the concept of social value and the main theoretical reason for its introduction; and it helps to set forth all economic phenomena, and especially those of wages and interest, in a very simple manner -- one that is much more lucid and attractive than that derived from an intricate and cumbersome theory of prices. - joseph schumpeter, on the concept of social value1”
“Especially when you have noticeable differences between cultures, it just seems like a sensible default, a good starting-point, to assume that people are not, on the whole, bovine followers whose base state of comfort is the bliss of ignorance.”
“At any rate, the overall picture that emerges from this book of the literary goals and accomplishments of each writer is probably the starting-point from which different pictures might ultimately be portrayed.”
“It has disappointment as its starting-point and despair as its end.”
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