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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Recent Examples on the Web

Martin’s story and you-can-do-this attitude tees us up nicely for the main event. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "What We Learned After Baking Nothing But Bread for 3 Days," 9 Apr. 2019 There's definitely a positive, mental attitude for me that goes with getting dressed and looking good. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, President of StubHub," 11 Mar. 2019 Some of the couples in the photographs also answered questionnaires for the study, and the pairs that were voted to have the greatest increase in physical similarity over time also reported greater happiness and similar attitudes, too. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "My Husband and I Are Becoming the Same Person," 19 Mar. 2019 Microsoft may be finally taking a kinder, gentler attitude toward the transition, though. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019 The vlogging star is quickly taking over the platform with her hilarious down to earth attitude and her signature messy ponytail and caffeine addiction (same). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Emma Chamberlain's Age and Net-Worth is Seriously Unbelievable," 27 Feb. 2019 Staley chuckles about her young team’s attitude toward things. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "No. 12 South Carolina rolling after early struggles," 10 Feb. 2019 But new pressures seem to be reshaping the hacker community’s attitudes toward privacy and anonymity. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 Those comments introduced her to the pervasive negative attitudes toward natural black hair. Allure, "Goodbye to "Good Hair": Six People Open Up to Allure About the Beauty and Diversity of Black Hair," 8 Aug. 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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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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