- Posture is the position of a body while standing or sitting.
An example of posture is standing straight.
- the position or carriage of the body in standing or sitting; bearing
- such a position assumed as in posing for an artist
- the way things stand; condition with respect to circumstances: the delicate posture of foreign affairs
- an attitude of mind; frame of mind
- an attitude assumed merely for effect
- an official stand or position, as that taken by a nation on a major issue
Origin: MFr from Italian postura from Classical Latin positura, a position from ponere, to place: see position
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- a. A position of the body or of body parts: a sitting posture.b. An attitude; a pose: assumed a posture of angry defiance.
- A characteristic way of bearing one's body; carriage: stood with good posture.
- Relative placement or arrangement: the posture of the buildings on the land.
- A stance or disposition with regard to something: “Those bases are essential to our military posture in the Middle East” (Gerard Smith).
- A frame of mind affecting one's thoughts or behavior; an overall attitude.
- To assume an exaggerated or unnatural pose or mental attitude; attitudinize.
- To assume a pose.
Origin: French, from Italian postura, from Latin positūra, position, from positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
- posˈtur·al adjective
- posˈtur·er, posˈtur·ist noun
posture - Medical Definition
- A position of the body or of body parts.
- A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.