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 posture (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 If the user or application identities’ infrastructure is not secure and vetted, the rest of the security posture could look great but still be fully compromised. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "16 Essential Questions An Effective Cybersecurity Assessment Must Answer," 20 Apr. 2021 She was born 10 weeks prematurely and diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which affects a person’s mobility, balance and posture. al, "St. Michael Catholic swimmer Sarah Kate Sligh chasing paralympic dream," 1 Apr. 2021 Culton integrates Pilates, yoga, and ballet movements for a full-body workout that’s more about proper alignment and posture than frenetic heart-pumping cardio. Karen Iorio Adelson, Curbed, "The Best Fitness Instructors in New York," 29 Mar. 2021 Now, the progressive criticism of that posture has become party canon. New York Times, "Democrats, Pushing Stimulus, Admit to Regrets on Obama’s 2009 Response," 16 Mar. 2021 Has a bit of an upright posture to him, but keeps a low pad level and knows how to consistently find leverage. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football and the recruiting battle for 4-star defensive end Kenyatta Jackson," 14 Mar. 2021 This is when my forearms fall back and become my arms' resting point, which is worse in terms of posture. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "We test Herman Miller’s $1,499 gaming chair: All business—to a fault," 27 Nov. 2020 Here are the posture-correcting devices physical therapists actually recommend. Krissy Brady, SELF, "8 Posture Correctors That Will Help You Stop Slouching," 31 Oct. 2020 The site's impressive collection of home office offerings have been a lifeline for our makeshift workspaces over the past few months –– with its posture-saving chairs clocking in as consistent reader-favorite cart material. Alexandra Polk,, "These Top-Rated WFH Chairs & Desks Are Up To 80% Off," 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While both sides had to posture for domestic audiences, particularly the rising nationalist fervor of Xi Jinping, China's increasingly authoritarian leader, the grievances at the heart of the dispute are longstanding. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "What grievances turned a US-China photo op into verbal combat," 19 Mar. 2021 Gale was not an overtly menacing physical presence onstage, in the way many metal frontmen try to posture. Los Angeles Times, "For the surviving members of metal band Power Trip, the Grammys are a bittersweet coda," 11 Mar. 2021 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

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Posture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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