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

For most locals, attitudes toward the newcomers fall in the vast gray area between deliverance and destruction. Washington Post, "This German city had few foreigners. Then refugees changed it in some surprising ways.," 18 July 2019 The previous survey was used to measure presidential approval and attitudes toward renewable energy sources. Kabir Khanna, CBS News, "Analysis: How liberal are Democratic voters?," 17 July 2019 Ultimately, other political questions dampened Kipling’s attitude toward America. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rudyard Kipling loved Vermont. Then he had to leave it.," 15 July 2019 But auto industry reports point to a tougher road ahead for dealerships as more autonomous vehicles are introduced and consumer attitudes toward ownership change. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "JM Family expands from cars to home services," 8 July 2019 The growing interest in David’s project may reflect the continent’s shifting attitude toward train travel. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "An Austrian Twitter account chronicles the best food on trains," 6 July 2019 The new rules also represent a loosening attitude toward liquor sponsors, who were until now prohibited from doing business with MLS clubs in a manner that beer and wine sponsors were not. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Major League Soccer Will Allow Gambling, Liquor Sponsors for Jerseys and Stadium Rights," 26 June 2019 The survey also explored attitudes toward vaccines and found people in France are the most skeptical. Science | AAAS, "Global survey finds strong support for scientists," 19 June 2019 But over the decades, Germans' attitudes toward the war have evolved from a sense of defeat to something far more complex. Kirsten Grieshaber And David Rising, chicagotribune.com, "From loss to liberation: How Germans view celebrations of Allied victory over their Nazi ancestors," 6 June 2019

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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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