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
Recent Examples on the Web Beijing has described such efforts as a Cold War mentality. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 There’s an understanding in it — and a shared mentality. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 What’s often left out in the celebration of the hustler’s mentality for entrepreneurs are the real sacrifices required of the mind, the spirit, and our bodies. Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon, Essence, 29 Sep. 2021 Once the season started, that record-keeping was combined into a full-unit mentality for the defense. Mike Berardino, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Coach Matt Nagy challenged the defense to have a swarming mentality in Week 2. Dan Wiederer,, 20 Sep. 2021 For Butler, that will start by bringing a tenacious mentality to the defensive end of the floor. oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2021 The curators aimed to avoid a checklist mentality when approaching these sensitive subjects. Clayton Davis, Variety, 17 Sep. 2021 Unfortunately, some politicians lack the conviction to enact sound policy that puts students first and, instead, have embraced a race-to-the-bottom mentality. Jeb Bush, National Review, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of mentality

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mentality was in 1691

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“Mentality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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