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.
- at·ti·tu·di·nal [at-i-tood-n-l, -tyood-], /ˌæt ɪˈtud n l, -ˈtyud-/, adjective
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How to use attitude in a sentence
Instead of denying or neglecting it, or whatever attitude we had in the past, it’s time we all get together and start working on this very seriously.Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead. | James Temple | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Without much thought, I carried this attitude over into my work.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode) | Maria Konnikova | September 12, 2020 | Freakonomics
The more knowledge she gained regarding the object, the more her attitude towards it was reshaped.Lafalaise Dion Takes ESSENCE On A Personal Journey | Nandi Howard | September 4, 2020 | Essence.com
It has taught me that we, ourselves, can choose our attitude every day.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in tech | Rachel King | September 4, 2020 | Fortune
Since then, I took a completely different attitude to management.The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path | kdunn6 | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
I think a lot of it has to do with the attitude and the energy behind it and the honesty.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical | Stereo Williams | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
From this attitude he draws a singular comic and literary power.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, summed up the Southern attitude in his 1861 Cornerstone Speech.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern | Lloyd Green | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a way, this is worse than the racism of white supremacists, since this is thought to be an honorable attitude.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist | Chloé Valdary | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With his anachronistic attitude toward the biblical story, Bale is just following the lead of his director.Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist | Candida Moss, Joel Baden | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The dormant accounts most of the banks maintain with the reserve bank are, perhaps, indicative of their attitude toward it.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
So much for the attitude of the various schools of religious thought towards the Bible.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Her eyes were blazing with triumph, yet her lips curved with contempt at the attitude of her trembling father.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
His attitude was one of hopeless resignation as he looked toward a distant bird winging its flight away from him.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
This tendency to take art-representations for realities reappears even in the mental attitude of a child towards his stories.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for attitude
the way a person views something or tends to behave towards it, often in an evaluative way
a theatrical pose created for effect (esp in the phrase strike an attitude)
a position of the body indicating mood or emotion
informal a hostile manner: don't give me attitude, my girl
the orientation of an aircraft's axes in relation to some plane, esp the horizontal: See also axis 1 (def. 1)
the orientation of a spacecraft in relation to its direction of motion
ballet a classical position in which the body is upright and one leg raised and bent behind
- attitudinal, adjective
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