attitude

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noun at·ti·tude \ˈa-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of attitude

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

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

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

  4. 4a :  a mental position with regard to a fact or state a helpful attitudeb :  a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state a negative attitude an optimistic attitude

  5. 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. 6 :  an bodily state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus (such as an object, concept, or situation)

  7. 7a :  a negative or hostile state of mindb :  a cool, cocky, defiant, or arrogant manner He was showing some attitude in practice today, so the coach benched him.

Examples of attitude in a Sentence

  1. He has a positive attitude about the changes.

  2. She's friendly and has a good attitude.

  3. You need to change your bad attitude.

  4. There's been a change in his attitude since his accident.

  5. I don't know what her problem is. She has a real attitude.

  6. I suggest you get rid of that attitude and shape up.

  7. He was showing some attitude during practice today, so the coach benched him.

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Origin and Etymology of attitude

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


First Known Use: 1668

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ATTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of attitude for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

attitude

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noun at·ti·tude \ˈa-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of attitude for Students

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

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


Medical Dictionary

attitude

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noun at·ti·tude \ˈat-ə-ˌt(y)üd\

Medical Definition of attitude

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

  2. 2a:  a mental position with regard to a fact or stateb:  a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state

  3. 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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