attitude

noun
at·​ti·​tude | \ ˈa-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce attitude (audio) , -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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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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Recent Examples on the Web This statement is repulsive & unfortunately reflective of the attitude many @TexasGOP in #txlege have regarding people and money. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spurns shelter in place, urges return to work, suggests grandparents should sacrifice," 24 Mar. 2020 He was awarded the Gimbel prize for the player showing the best mental attitude in the tournament. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Build-A-Team: Putting together the best Hammond basketball team," 24 Mar. 2020 Halkitis said of the public’s attitude toward the pandemic. NBC News, "How to survive a pandemic: HIV experts and activists on lessons learned," 22 Mar. 2020 The choice serves as a hint about the attitude the couple are adopting in the lead up to their royal exit becoming official at the end of the month. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Meghan Announce the Only Instagram Account They're Following in March," 1 Mar. 2020 McGraw's comments reflected the attitude of many conservatives and Second Amendment activists in Virginia, especially in its more rural areas. Fox News, "Virginia lawmakers reject Northam's assault-weapons ban, as Dems balk," 18 Feb. 2020 Milani said there’s a disconnect between the increasing risk Californian cities and towns face and the attitudes of the people living in them. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Non-fire-resistant reconstruction permitted in California towns ravaged by wildfires," 22 Jan. 2020 The attitude of the room is decidedly cozy though, aided by the casual treatment of a cheerful floral print used for the bed-curtains and bed upholstery. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "For Designer Sean Leffers, Every Interior Starts With Art," 30 Dec. 2019 Reddin said the boxes were part of a broader attitude of hostility toward homeless people that included measures such as a panhandling ban, which was overturned by a court. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Panhandling-cash boxes going away in downtown Little Rock," 15 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of attitude was in 1668

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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for attitude

attitude

noun
How to pronounce attitude (audio)

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 How to pronounce attitude (audio) , -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 How to pronounce attitude (audio) \

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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