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 : a 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 The presence of blueback herring controls the attitude of the bass — and while there is a healthy largemouth population, spots are the predominant species. Frank Sargeant, al, "Fishing tips for Alabama bass anglers," 28 Mar. 2021 But that’s not the attitude of the handful of neighborhood advocates who spoke during the public comment portion of Wednesday’s Council meeting. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Your voice, please: Dallas City Hall wants feedback on its latest ideas to regulate short-term rentals," 26 Mar. 2021 Indeed, the two-time Oscar winner’s worst qualities are on display here — chief among them, the off-putting glib attitude meant to convey cheekiness. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every DC Comics Movie, Ranked," 22 Mar. 2021 For us, just how to be a pro and come in every single day and be a professional and come to work with the right attitude. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "T-Wolves veteran Ricky Rubio finding his game as he faces former team in Phoenix Suns," 18 Mar. 2021 Want your wardrobe to capture the L.A. attitude right now? Los Angeles Times, "Take a journey inside the first issue of Image in 13 images," 17 Mar. 2021 Khambe’s comments reflect the attitude of several Maharashtra residents who are neither worried nor scared of the surge in coronavirus cases reported in the state in the past few weeks. Aarefa Johari, Quartz, "“I am less afraid of Covid now”: Why people in Mumbai are ignoring the fresh wave," 17 Mar. 2021 The physical dimensions of his club, its tight hallways and low ceilings, seemed perfectly attuned to the punk attitude in this post-disco, burgeoning New Wave era. oregonlive, "Legendary Satyricon club offered sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, epitomized a Portland that is gone forever," 16 Mar. 2021 Baker’s runway conceit reveals the haut-bourgeois attitude that separates the classes in New York and throughout COVID America. Armond White, National Review, "Khaite FW21 — Sean Baker’s Fashion Week Faux Pas," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Attitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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