- The definition of an attitude is a way of feeling or acting toward a person, thing or situation.
Passion for a sport, dislike for a certain actor and negativity toward life in general are each an example of an attitude.
attitude definition by Webster's New World
- the position or posture assumed by the body in connection with an action, feeling, mood, etc.: to kneel in an attitude of prayer
- a manner of acting, feeling, or thinking that shows one's disposition, opinion, etc.: a friendly attitude
- one's disposition, opinion, mental set, etc.
- Aeron. the position of an aircraft or spacecraft in relation to a given line or plane, as the horizon
- Ballet a position in which one leg is raised with the knee bent and the arms are extended
- a quarrelsome or sullen disposition or temperament
- a posture or pose of being cocky, haughty, etc.
Origin: French ; from Italian attitudine, attitude, aptness ; from Late Latin aptitudo (gen. aptitudinis) ; from Classical Latin aptus, apt
- attitudinal adjective
attitude definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.
- a. A state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work.b. An arrogant or hostile state of mind or disposition.
- The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
- The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.
- A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
Origin: French, from Italian attitudine, from Late Latin aptitūdō, aptitūdin-, faculty; see aptitude.
- atˌti·tuˈdi·nal adjective
- atˌti·tuˈdi·nal·ly adverb
attitude - Medical Definition
- The position of the body and limbs; posture.
- A manner of acting.
- A relatively stable and enduring predisposition to behave or react in a characteristic way.
attitude - Phrases/Idioms
strike an attitude