Attitude definition

ătĭ-to͝od, -tyo͝od
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A manner of acting, feeling, or thinking that shows one's disposition, opinion, etc.

A friendly attitude.

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One's disposition, opinion, mental set, etc.
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The position or posture assumed by the body in connection with an action, feeling, mood, etc.

To kneel in an attitude of prayer.

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(ballet) A position in which one leg is raised with the knee bent and the arms are extended.
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(aeron.) The position of an aircraft or spacecraft in relation to a given line or plane, as the horizon.
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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.

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Arrogant or aggressive disposition or behavior.

One customer with a lot of attitude really tried my patience.

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A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition.

Has a positive attitude about work; kept a dignified attitude throughout the crisis.

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To express an attitude through one's posture, bearing, tone of voice, etc.
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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.
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(ballet) A position similar to arabesque, but with the raised leg bent at the knee.
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A quarrelsome or sullen disposition or temperament.
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A posture or pose of being cocky, haughty, etc.
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The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.
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(uncountable, countable) A negative, irritating, or irritated attitude; posturing.

Don't give me your attitude.

You've got some attitude, girl !

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... but had a lazy attitude to work.

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(aeronautics, nautical, engineering) The orientation of a vehicle or other object relative to the horizon, direction of motion, other objects, etc.

The airliner had to land with a nose-up attitude after the incident.

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To assume or to place in a particular position or orientation; to pose.
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A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself.

Stood in a graceful attitude.

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The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
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The position of the body or way of carrying oneself; posture.

The ballet dancer walked with a graceful attitude.

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strike an attitude
  • to assume a posture or pose, often an affected or theatrical one
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
attitude
Plural:
attitudes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

strike an attitude

Origin of attitude

  • French from Italian attitudine from Late Latin aptitūdō aptitūdin- faculty aptitude

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French attitude, from Italian attitudine (“attitude, aptness”), from Medieval Latin aptitudo (“aptitude”); see aptitude.

    From Wiktionary