attitude

noun
at·​ti·​tude | \ ˈa-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce attitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Essential Meaning of attitude

1 : the way you think and feel about someone or something He has a positive/negative attitude about the changes.
2 : a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior He has an aggressive/rebellious attitude. [=he behaves toward other people in an aggressive/rebellious way] She's friendly and has a good attitude. See More ExamplesYou need to change your bad attitude. There's been a change/shift in his attitude since his accident. She has an attitude problem. [=she is not friendly or cooperative]Hide
3 informal : a way of thinking and behaving that people regard as unfriendly, rude, etc. 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.

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The American men begin the final round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Thursday night in El Salvador, and the attitude of this team is different than any in recent years. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 What is the attitude of local leaders toward the Taliban? Angus King, Time, 1 Sep. 2021 The bottom line is a dismissive, judgmental attitude is not persuasive. Esther Choy, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Even four or five years ago, [that attitude was] relatively rare in the music industry outside of Spotify. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 26 Aug. 2021 In order to effectively persuade and move forward in significant transformational change, a positive attitude is absolutely necessary. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2021 Public attitude on vaccine mandates for customers is sharply divided, another consideration for businesses. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 That attitude was on display the day after last week’s selloff, when the S&P 500 rebounded to notch its best day in nearly four months. Karen Langley, WSJ, 27 July 2021 The attitude of the folks manning the security gates, however, was decidedly unwelcoming. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 21 July 2021

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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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“Attitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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