attitude

noun
at·​ti·​tude | \ˈa-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of attitude 

1 : the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure : posture depicted her in a reclining attitude

2 : a position assumed for a specific purpose a threatening attitude

3 : a ballet position similar to the arabesque in which the raised leg is bent at the knee

4a : a mental position with regard to a fact or state a helpful attitude

b : a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state a negative attitude an optimistic attitude

5 : the position of a craft (such as an aircraft or spacecraft) determined by the relationship between its axes and a reference datum (such as the horizon or a particular star)

6 : an bodily state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus (such as an object, concept, or situation)

7a : a negative or hostile state of mind

b : a cool, cocky, defiant, or arrogant manner He was showing some attitude in practice today, so the coach benched him.

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Synonyms for attitude

Synonyms

carriage, poise, posture, stance, station

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Examples of attitude in a Sentence

He has a positive attitude about the changes. She's friendly and has a good attitude. You need to change your bad attitude. There's been a change in his attitude since his accident. I don't know what her problem is. She has a real attitude. I suggest you get rid of that attitude and shape up. He was showing some attitude during practice today, so the coach benched him.
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Contrast that attitude with the Cubs clubhouse, where manager Joe Maddon promotes a culture of inclusiveness in which rookies and veterans are treated the same. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018 That attitude has led some doctors whose patients have had no problems with opioid prescriptions to back away from prescribing them. Josephine Chu, USA TODAY, "Chronic pain patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from top at FDA," 2 July 2018 On the walls of the clinic, large posters address some of the myths that feed that attitude. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 That attitude that kept them going, even when things got rough, their children said. Olivia King, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County couple married for 43 years dies 9 days apart," 27 June 2018 However, that attitude didn’t necessarily translate to success on the field in the organized team activities and minicamp practices that reporters were allowed to watch. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil, Ja'Wuan James searching for improvement," 15 June 2018 That attitude started to shift in the past two decades as federal statistics revealed a little more than half of students graduated, even as tuition and student debt continued to skyrocket. Jeffrey J. Selingo, ajc, "Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?," 9 June 2018 That attitude started to shift in the past two decades as federal statistics revealed a little more than half of students graduated, even as tuition and student debt continued to skyrocket. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?," 8 June 2018 Newsom, who finished eight points ahead of Cox in the June primary, is taking a typical front-runner’s attitude toward the suggestion of a series of debates: Don’t count on it. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Gavin Newsom agrees to one debate with John Cox in CA governor race — on CNN," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of attitude

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attitude

French, from Italian attitudine, literally, aptitude, from Late Latin aptitudin-, aptitudo fitness — more at aptitude

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attitude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attitude

: the way you think and feel about someone or something

: a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior

: a way of thinking and behaving that people regard as unfriendly, rude, etc.

attitude

noun
at·​ti·​tude | \ˈa-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of attitude

1 : a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior a positive attitude change your attitude

2 : a way of positioning the body or its parts an erect attitude He bowed in an attitude of respect.

attitude

noun
at·​ti·​tude | \ˈat-ə-ˌt(y)üd \

Medical Definition of attitude 

1 : the arrangement of the parts of the body : posture

2a : a mental position with regard to a fact or state

b : a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state

3 : an organismic state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus (as an object, concept, or situation)

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