men·​tal·​i·​ty | \ men-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce mentality (audio) \
plural mentalities

Definition of mentality

1 : mental power or capacity : intelligence
2 : mode or way of thought : outlook the imperialist mentality of the nineteenth century— John Davies

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Examples of mentality in a Sentence

most teenagers do not have the mentality to foresee the consequences of such risky behavior

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Then there is also the mentality of society, which is very methodical., "Alex Sandro Claims Brazilian Players Struggle to Settle in 'Boring' Turin," 13 Sep. 2019 The very mentality of vast privatization and skepticism about federal coordination of state law is much of the reason why water rights are such a mess in the American West. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Water Wars Are Here," 13 Sep. 2019 In the Northeast, there may be a bigger corporate mentality, corporate culture, particularly men. David Pan, USA TODAY, "The kind of plastic surgery people get depends on where they live -- study," 18 June 2018 That mentality and approach is why Oregon’s players, starting first and foremost with the offensive linemen, supported Cristobal’s candidacy to take over leading the Ducks in December 2017. oregonlive, "Will Mario Cristobal’s belief in where the Oregon Ducks are headed converge with where they are in season opener against Auburn?," 29 Aug. 2019 This woman is clearly a firm believer in the bootstraps mentality. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "'I Wonder Who Will Get Fired First.' Mom Holds In-House Job Fair for Kids Who Demanded a Bigger Allowance," 22 Aug. 2019 All-in mentality Bridgeland finished 20-16 overall and tied for fifth place in District 14-6A last year. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "With seniors on board, Bridgeland volleyball hungry to reach next level," 16 Aug. 2019 The pitcher discusses his change in mentality in 2019, how Colorado has its back against the wall in the National League playoff race, the more aerodynamic baseball this season and more. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies podcast: Jon Gray on his bounce-back season, long playoff odds, the more aerodynamic baseball and more," 6 Aug. 2019 Schantz admitted that the second-guessing mentality was the Rising team that began the season, not the team that owns the current winning streak. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Rising FC refocused after setting win record," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mentality

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mentality

: a particular way of thinking


men·​tal·​i·​ty | \ men-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce mentality (audio) \

Kids Definition of mentality

1 : mental ability
2 : a particular way of thinking : outlook


men·​tal·​i·​ty | \ men-ˈtal-ət-ē How to pronounce mentality (audio) \
plural mentalities

Medical Definition of mentality

1 : mental power or capacity
2 : mode or way of thought

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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