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Noun: point of departure
  1. A place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched
    "my point of departure was San Francisco";
    - jumping-off place
  2. A beginning from which an enterprise is launched
    "the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out";
    - springboard, jumping-off point

Derived forms: points of departure

Type of: beginning, commencement, origin, root, rootage, source, start