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 mindb : 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.
Origin and Etymology of attitude
French, from Italian attitudine, literally, aptitude, from Late Latin aptitudin-, aptitudo fitness — more at aptitude
First Known Use: 1668
ATTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of attitude for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of attitude for Students
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.>
Medical Definition of attitude
1: the arrangement of the parts of the body : posture
2a: a mental position with regard to a fact or stateb: 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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