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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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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This one, then, would be a fun fix-and-flip project, and my experiences with my own truck led to a certain blasé attitude toward what should have been Beware All Ye Who Go Here warning signs. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Recurring Heartbreak of Buying Cars on Craigslist," 30 May 2019 This sturdy, sensible compound of attitudes is another aspect of the city’s light, its music. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The survey assessing the public’s attitude toward the technology industry was conducted between May 29 and June 11 using a national sample of 4,594 adults. Fortune, "Do Tech Companies Really Censor Political Views? Most Americans Think So," 28 June 2018 When applying to the role, attitude is just as important as proficiency with Apple products (if not more so). Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Work for Apple Without Leaving Your House," 1 May 2019 Officer Rodriguez responded by stating that Mr. Elsharkawi had an attitude, was obviously racist, and had a problem with the uniform of CBP officers. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport," 18 Dec. 2018 Engler's attitude toward us survivors is a whole new set of problems. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Engler directs MSU alumni magazine to focus on positives after Nassar," 20 June 2018 The survey of 500 likely midterm-election voters reveals a major change in attitude toward marijuana in just three years. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Weed in Ohio: Ohioans know it's coming, poll says, and they're OK about it.," 18 June 2018 The evangelical polling group Barna found that evangelical Christians' attitudes toward immigration seem to be warming somewhat. Author: Keith Mcmillan, Julie Zauzmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families," 15 June 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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The first known use of attitude was in 1668

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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 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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