attitude

noun

at·​ti·​tude ˈa-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce attitude (audio)
-ˌtyüd
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
4
a
: 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)
7
a
: 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.

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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Word History

Etymology

French, from Italian attitudine, literally, aptitude, from Late Latin aptitudin-, aptitudo fitness — more at aptitude

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of attitude was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Attitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

attitude

noun
at·​ti·​tude ˈat-ə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce attitude (audio)
1
: a position of the body or a figure : posture
2
: a particular feeling or way of thinking about something
3
: the position of something in relation to something else

Medical Definition

attitude

noun
at·​ti·​tude ˈat-ə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce attitude (audio)
1
: the arrangement of the parts of the body : posture
2
a
: 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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