pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Definition of posture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
b : the pose of a model or artistic figure
2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market
3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude


postured; posturing

Definition of posture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture especially : to strike a pose for effect
2 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

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posturer \ ˈpäs-​chər-​ər How to pronounce posturer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for posture

Synonyms: Noun

attitude, carriage, poise, stance, station

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Examples of posture in a Sentence


Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If one person is standing and another is in the posture of a victim, that’s a red flag. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Inside Instagram's War on Bullying," 8 July 2019 However it is designated, Shahar said, the formation is a sign of a serious deformity in posture., "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; researchers blame phone use," 22 June 2019 Shahar is also the creator of Dr. Posture, an online store that advertises information and products related to forward head posture. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The researcher behind the smartphone “horns” study sells posture pillows," 22 June 2019 During the legislature’s frantic closing days, as a flood of legislation passed, the city found itself in a defensive posture, trying to protect its interests rather than securing any specific new revenue sources. John Byrne,, "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot faces limited options to fill deep city budget hole," 15 June 2019 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to the relaxation in military posture during their summit meeting in Pyongyang in September. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Two Miles from North Korea, Islanders Brace for an Uneasy Peace," 3 Nov. 2018 Liang and Rubio emphasized the need for everyone to be upright in posture. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "There’s a lot to remember when you’re learning bachata — do not forget the flair!," 29 July 2018 The knives are displayed like jewelry, propped up in flattering postures. National Geographic, "In Corsica, on a quest for beautiful harmony," 24 July 2019 The heat was the same, the postures were the same...everything was the same except for me, Stanley recalled. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Body-positivity advocate Jessamyn Stanley: Yoga isn't just for 'one type of person'," 16 July 2019

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Lagarde may have merely been posturing to the ECB’s many critics from the North, but her words lifted bank stocks and the euro in mid-day trading. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Deutsche Bank’s CEO Takes on the European Central Bank: ‘Negative Rates Ruin the Financial System’," 4 Sep. 2019 But the proposal is a political statement — de Blasio, who has postured himself as an unabashed progressive throughout his political career, is coming for the wealthy. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Bill de Blasio’s new plan to “tax the hell” out of rich people, explained," 1 Aug. 2019 That back-and-forth posturing, in a series of recent letters obtained by The Denver Post, bodes poorly for DIA’s relationship with Great Hall Partners. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver airport and Great Hall contractor escalate public battle as mediation stalls," 9 Aug. 2019 Now, a lot of those rumors that go around could be posturing a little bit. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'We’re guilty of it ourselves': MLB players can't tune out trade deadline rumors," 22 July 2019 Democratic candidates, posturing for advantage and jostling one another leftward, are testing the idea of making reparations for slavery an active issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Danger of Debating Reparations for Slavery," 2 May 2019 There’s every chance Deep Silver planned a $10 launch discount on Steam as well, and the Epic Games Store decampment just gives them a chance to posture on a larger stage. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 President Trump's critics often accuse him of using a constant spray of Twitter posts, provocative statements and posturing to distract attention from his administration's controversies. David Lauter,, "The Trump administration sure does sell books," 20 Apr. 2018 Philadelphia views the situation very similarly to the end of Paul George’s tenure in Indiana 12 months ago: The Spurs have a fractured relationship with their star and Leonard’s camp has publicly postured for San Antonio to trade him. Jake Fischer,, "Sources: Sixers Weighing Various Trade Packages for Kawhi Leonard," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of posture


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for posture


Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

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The first known use of posture was circa 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of posture

: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing
formal : the attitude a person or group has toward a subject


pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Kids Definition of posture

: the way in which the body is positioned when sitting or standing : the general way of holding the body an upright posture a humble posture


pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Medical Definition of posture

1 : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
2 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

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