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 Xs and Os: The aggressive posture taken against the Pacers' ball screen was Chicago's undoing. Lauri Markkanen (11 points) isn't a good defender. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Missing 2 starters, Indiana Pacers lean heavily on ex-Chicago Bulls to win on road," 11 Jan. 2020 But a recessionary posture can't be your default or there will rarely be any gains to hedge in the first place. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Recession Watch: 3 Ways to Reframe Your Thinking About the Next Downturn," 21 Aug. 2019 And that healthy posture is a little more complicated for Lean Cuisine. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Lean Cuisine doesn’t want to be part of diet culture anymore. Does it have a choice?," 24 July 2019 During the period of the Obama administration the U.S. military posture in the Middle East was not just sustained but increased. CBS News, "Transcript: Bill Burns and Jim Miller talk with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 21 June 2019 This posture is useful for meetings and phone conversations. Leon Straker, Quartz at Work, "The best way to sit at your desk for every type of work task," 5 June 2019 This posture is the very antithesis of game-playing. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "She really wants to see an old flame. Please talk her out of it.," 2 Jan. 2019 An earlier fossil found in South Africa revealed an adult from this group with its forelimb surrounding multiple juveniles, in what looks like a protective posture. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "Prehistoric parenting goes back even further than we thought," 23 Dec. 2019 The neck can begin to round forward and the spine can come out of alignment from poor posture or being hunched over from driving or sitting in uncomfortable airplane seats. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 stretches that relieve neck and back pain while traveling," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the threat is not just posturing: Two months ago the development team suspended work on the project and stopped paying $37,000 a month to the city for staff work on the weapons station. J.k. Dineen,, "Bay Area’s largest planned housing project could die due to union fight," 8 Jan. 2020 The mayor sought to avoid a strike and to cut through the back-and-forth posturing that often bogs down labor negotiations, but gave herself less room to offer the CTU more money after teachers walked out anyway. John Byrne,, "The Chicago teachers strike is over thanks to a $1.5 billion deal. What will it mean for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s political future?," 1 Nov. 2019 The Enquirer’s Tyler Dragon reports that team and player aren’t close to a deal, but that’s likely just posturing. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: That was a terrific World Series and I'm sick of the Bengals right now," 31 Oct. 2019 On Wednesday, administration officials were debating whether North Korea was simply posturing ahead of the summit or whether there is something more to the threats. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "White House scrambles to interpret North Korea summit threat," 16 May 2018 As George Ferguson and Francois Duflot of Bloomberg Intelligence wrote this week, all this means that rumors of an outright Chinese ban on the 737 Max are more likely to be posturing than serious proposals. Washington Post, "China Inc.’s Boeing Rival Just Won’t Fly," 20 Sep. 2019 As Bermudez postures up, Kenney returns to his feet. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 241 live updates: Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic," 17 Aug. 2019 There’s also the suggestion that the Trump administration’s posturing over the value of the yuan is really a ploy in the president’s long-running battle with Jerome H. Powell, the current chairman of the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump and Xi lock horns — and drag the world with them," 7 Aug. 2019 When Akhmedov postures up for a big attempt, Cummings slips out and returns to his feet. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 242 live updates: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Posture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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