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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But that has not been apparent to those embracing the mob mentality that now dominates social media, any more than it was considered by the rashly irresponsible filmmaker. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Linda Fairstein Dropped By Book Publisher Following Netflix's When They See Us," 10 June 2019 Bissett said, adding that the positive, inclusive mentality goes all the way up to the network execs. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Wedding March 5 Premieres on Hallmark Channel This Saturday," 7 June 2019 Your planetary ruler, Mercury, moves into Taurus on Monday, May 6, putting you in a philosophical mentality. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Virgo Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 This mentality doesn't stem from feeling obligated to put on a front or look perfect all the time. Glamour, "This Is the Only Foundation That Completely Covers My Chronically Red Skin," 30 Apr. 2019 Leave it to Nike to use James' mentality to create a sneaker. Troy L. Smith,, "LeBron James' 'Dark 23' Nike shoe will get you in playoff mode," 18 Apr. 2018 All the while, the mentality of the squad is rarely the focus., "90Min World Cup Fan Diaries: Starting to Believe," 8 July 2018 That mentality is a major reason Ray has garnered offers from more than a half-dozen Division I programs, with quite a few others in the low-to-mid-major range keeping a close eye. Josh Verlin,, "Recruiting: Winning means more college offers for Haverford School's Christian Ray," 3 July 2018 That mentality by Curry, and by all the principle players, is why the Warriors have been able to remain this unbeatable super team. Tania Ganguli,, "Warriors remain an unbeatable NBA champion for one reason," 10 June 2018

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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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having a desire to acquire more things

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