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 In this spirit, Mr. Putin’s essay suggests that if Ukraine adopts a friendly attitude toward Moscow and de-aligns from the West, Russia will welcome the prodigal home without demanding a formal reunion. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 19 July 2021 Williams was unhappy with his conservative cohorts’ dismissive attitude toward former President Trump’s role in instigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 The new account also raises even more questions about senior Republican leaders' attitude toward Trump. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 July 2021 The latest bitcoin price rout, sparked by China's bitcoin and crypto crackdown and exacerbated by Tesla billionaire Elon Musk's fickle attitude toward crypto, stalled bitcoin's massive 2021 bull run. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 6 July 2021 And also, that such lawlessness is allowed to thrive because of a too-permissive attitude toward crime. Andy Meek, BGR, 6 July 2021 Russian officials have blamed the rise in cases on Russians’ lax attitude toward taking precautions, the growing prevalence of more infectious variants and slow vaccination rates. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 3 July 2021 Richardson made the mistake of using the substance while competing, even if there was no connection to her performance and even if society’s attitude toward marijuana has changed so drastically. BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2021 Russian officials blame the June surge on Russians’ lax attitude toward taking precautions, more infectious variants, and a low rate of vaccinations, which experts attribute to widespread hesitancy to get the shot and limited vaccine production. Fox News, 30 June 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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22 Jul 2021

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“Attitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude. Accessed 23 Jul. 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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