[ at-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.
position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.: a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.
Aeronautics. the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc.
Ballet. a pose in which the dancer stands on one leg, the other bent behind.

Origin of attitude

1660–70; < French < Italian attitudine < Late Latin aptitūdini- (stem of aptitūdō) aptitude

Related forms

at·ti·tu·di·nal, adjective

Can be confused

altitude attitude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for attitude


/ (ˈætɪˌtjuːd) /


Derived Forms

attitudinal, adjective

Word Origin for attitude

C17: from French, from Italian attitudine disposition, from Late Latin aptitūdō fitness, from Latin aptus apt
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Medicine definitions for attitude


[ ătĭ-tōōd′ ]


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.
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