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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a coming-of-age story involving a girl, Nawi (The Underground Railroad‘s Thuso Mbedu), who is reluctantly forced into the ranks of the Agojie and must push past her limits and bad attitude to prove herself worthy of the honor. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2022 Today’s iterations don’t veer far from the classics, but the distinctly 2022-feeling comes in by way of styling and attitude. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 16 Sep. 2022 Jimenez’s attitude swiftly shifted: In 2019, 18 months after the chase that left Cox permanently disabled, the chief and his 48-member department agreed to ban high-speed pursuits for traffic infractions and minor, nonviolent crimes. Kimberly Kindy, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2022 Despite her initial professional, no nonsense, attitude, Jen quickly takes a liking to Mallory and desperately wants to be friends. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 15 Sep. 2022 Perhaps what gives Sargent and Track Enterprises the best chance to succeed are attitude and experience. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 Its smoked headlights and taillights also promote a racy attitude. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 15 Sep. 2022 Jimenez’s attitude swiftly shifted: In 2019, 18 months after the chase that left Cox permanently disabled, the chief and his 48-member department agreed to ban high-speed pursuits for traffic infractions and minor, nonviolent crimes. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 But the author’s attitude toward this redemption is ambivalent: Collodi, and with him the reader, roots for Pinocchio because the puppet is a mischievous rule breaker, not in spite of it. Anna Momigliano, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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20 Sep 2022

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“Attitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for attitude

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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