[ at-i-tood, -tyood ]
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  1. manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.

  2. position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.: a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.

  1. Aeronautics. the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc.

  2. Ballet. a pose in which the dancer stands on one leg, the other bent behind.

Origin of attitude

First recorded in 1660–70; from French, from Italian attitudine, from Late Latin aptitūdini- (stem of aptitūdō ); see aptitude

synonym study For attitude

2. See position.

Other words from attitude

  • at·ti·tu·di·nal [at-i-tood-n-l, -tyood-], /ˌæt ɪˈtud n l, -ˈtyud-/, adjective

Words that may be confused with attitude

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How to use attitude in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for attitude


/ (ˈætɪˌtjuːd) /

  1. the way a person views something or tends to behave towards it, often in an evaluative way

  2. a theatrical pose created for effect (esp in the phrase strike an attitude)

  1. a position of the body indicating mood or emotion

  2. informal a hostile manner: don't give me attitude, my girl

  3. the orientation of an aircraft's axes in relation to some plane, esp the horizontal: See also axis 1 (def. 1)

  4. the orientation of a spacecraft in relation to its direction of motion

  5. ballet a classical position in which the body is upright and one leg raised and bent behind

Origin of attitude

C17: from French, from Italian attitudine disposition, from Late Latin aptitūdō fitness, from Latin aptus apt

Derived forms of attitude

  • attitudinal, adjective

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