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

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Examples of posture in a Sentence

Noun Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barack Obama — his policies and his posture — just won a third term. Charles M. Blow New York Times, Star Tribune, "It's a restoration, not a revolution," 9 Nov. 2020 According to the people familiar with the planning, the Turkish government is now changing its posture to ensure the safety of its troops, following talks with Russian military officials on Sept. 16. Selcan Hacaoglu,, "Turkey Is Relocating Military Posts in Syria as Pressure Grows," 23 Oct. 2020 The best laptop stands raise your laptop's screen closer to eye level, bettering your posture, and some can even go from sitting to standing. Medea Giordano, Wired, "The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Neck," 19 Sep. 2020 Well, according to Face Gym trainer, Madalaina Conti, this can be chalked up to something as simple as normal aging, to tension in the face from grinding one's teeth, as well as more unexpected causes like misalignment and bad posture. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Do You Have Covid Chin?," 30 Oct. 2020 The witnesses told the family that Price raised his hands when Lucas appeared with an aggressive posture and was not close enough to grab the taser, said attorney Blerim Elmazi. Arelis R. Hernández, Star Tribune, "Texas police officer antagonized residents of small town prior to shooting," 11 Oct. 2020 Allie sits with perfect posture, shoots her hand up to the sky. Emily James, Washington Post, "My daughter’s remote kindergarten teacher taught me to be a better mom," 8 Oct. 2020 Engineers created new instruments to measure strikes to its lifelike joints and posture. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Five dolls that changed the world," 21 Sep. 2020 Russia’s muscle-flexing in eastern Europe in recent years has prompted NATO to step up its defense posture, and the bloc is adamant that Turkey find alternatives to its Russian technology. Selcan Hacaoglu,, "Turkey Puts Missile Spat at NATO’s Door Before Meeting," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level. Medea Giordano, Wired, "The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Neck," 19 Sep. 2020 The latter will be put to a jury, which means that both sides can be expected to posture when explaining Hollywood economics to regular citizens. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walking Dead' Trial Judge Asked to Ban Profane Emails, Talk of Writers-Agents War," 12 Aug. 2020 Not long ago such talk seemed more like posturing than practical politics, and many assumed the two sides would quietly agree in June to extend the talks. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Britain Is Sticking to Brexit Plans Despite Virus Upheaval," 11 Apr. 2020 Another, equally striking portrait, by Giovanni Boldini, perfectly captures the count’s confident, posturing dandyism. Leo Damrosch, New York Times, "Hanging With the Wits and Dandies of the Belle Époque," 21 Feb. 2020 This was all done without posturing, the need for attention or even discussion. Michael O'connell, Billboard, "'Empire' Cast Pens Letter in Support of Jussie Smollett Returning to Fox Drama," 24 Apr. 2019 Shockey leads Eva and their cameraman down the logging road to get a broadside shot on the bear, which is now posturing with his legs splayed wide to show his dominance. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Jim Shockey Goes Home: The Legacy of Modern Hunting’s Most Influential Celebrity," 20 Nov. 2017 Contestants have to speak their text messages at the screen, and one of The Circle’s pleasures is watching people try to posture as approachable and friendly solely through text. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Netflix's The Circle Is the Best TV Show About the Internet," 8 Jan. 2020 The commentary is sharp and thoughtful, without posturing herself as an expert. Martine Thompson, Vogue, "These Femme-Centric Podcasts Share the Dating Advice No One Dares to Give," 27 Sep. 2017

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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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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Posture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce posture (audio)

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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