Other Word Forms of Perspective
Origin of Perspective
Middle English, attested since 1381, from Old - or Middle French, from the first word of the Medieval Latin perspectiva ars (“science of optics"), the feminine of perspectivus (“of sight, optical"), from perspectus, the past participle of perspicere (“to inspect, look through"), itself from per- (“through") + specere (“to look at"); the noun sense was influenced or mediated by Italian prospettiva, from prospetto (“prospect").
Middle English science of optics (influenced by French perspective perspective) from Medieval Latin perspectīva (ars) feminine of perspectīvus optical from perspectus past participle of perspicere to inspect per- per- specere to look spek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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