- the relative disposition of the parts of something.
- the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole: poor posture; a sitting posture.
- an affected or unnatural attitude: He struck a comic posture.
- a mental or spiritual attitude: His ideas reveal a defensive posture.
- one's image or policy as perceived by the public, other nations, etc.: The company wants to develop a more aggressive marketing posture.
- position, condition, or state, as of affairs.
- to place in a particular posture or attitude.
- to position, especially strategically: to posture troops along a border.
- to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.): The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.
- to adopt an attitude or take an official position on (a matter): The company postured that the court's ruling could be interpreted as being in its favor.
- to assume a particular posture.
- to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.
- to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.
Origin of posture
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Examples from the Web for postural
They are devised for disciplinary, postural, developmental, and health purposes.College Teaching
The chief principle of Dr Marshall Halls so-called ready method is the postural performance of artificial respiration.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
In long-standing cases the pain and discomfort may lead to a postural scoliosis (ischias-scoliotica).Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
- a position or attitude of the limbs or body
- a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriageto have good posture
- the disposition of the parts of a visible object
- a mental attitude or frame of mind
- a state, situation, or condition
- a false or affected attitude; pose
- to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
- (intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
Word Origin and History for postural
c.1600, from French posture (16c.), from Italian postura "position, posture," from Latin positura "position, station," from postulus, past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)).
1620s, literal, from posture (n.). The figurative sense of "take up an artificial mental position" is attested from 1877. Related: Postured; posturing.
- Relating to or involving posture.
- A position of the body or of body parts.
- A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.