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 Better a Virgo or even a Gemini was their attitude. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Fault Is Not In Our Stars, Except for Scorpios," 16 Jan. 2020 Her hands-on assists are safe, spot-on, and right in the moment and her attitude in class is always friendly and helpful, not imperious. cleveland, "Namaste: Ranking Cleveland’s Top 49 yoga studios according to Yelp," 16 Jan. 2020 Over the past two years, the committee has met with PTA groups, campus administrators, principals and assistant principals, counselors and parents to gauge their attitudes toward the change. Ashley Mcbride, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio school district upends class rank policy to reduce students’ stress," 14 Jan. 2020 Many other drivers in many other series could learn a lot from his attitude toward engaging with fans. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A look ahead to the 2020 IMSA sports car season," 12 Jan. 2020 The New York Times asked a dozen stylish men across the United States (and one abroad) about their attitude toward renting clothes. New York Times, "Real Men Don’t Rent," 8 Jan. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Valerie Bertinelli is working to improve her attitude toward wellness, one day at a time. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Valerie Bertinelli Opens Up About 'Using Food as a Numbing Agent' to Avoid Sadness," 7 Jan. 2020 How public officials’ upbringing and experiences affect their attitudes in office is a question that history can’t conclusively answer. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "How will childhood among radicals impact Chesa Boudin as SF’s district attorney?," 4 Jan. 2020 Another factor in their quick rise to prominence was their iconoclastic attitude, expressed in their choice of some unlikely vehicles for jazz improv: tunes recorded by rock acts like Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Blondie, among others. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Bad Plus brings holiday cheer to the Dakota — along with a new album," 26 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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attitude.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude. Accessed 28 January 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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