Pronunciation: (pur-spek'tiv),[key] —n. 1. a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Cf. aerial perspective, linear perspective. 2. a picture employing this technique, esp. one in which it is prominent: an architect's perspective of a house. 3. a visible scene, esp. one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate. 4. the state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building's composition is a failure in perspective. 5. the state of one's ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective. 6. the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective. 7. a mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.
—adj. of or pertaining to the art of perspective, or represented according to its laws.