attitude

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

noun

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 formsat·ti·tu·di·nal, adjective
Can be confusedaltitude attitude
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British Dictionary definitions for attitude

attitude

/ (ˈætɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

Derived Formsattitudinal, 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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Word Origin and History for attitude

attitude


n.

1660s, via French attitude (17c.), from Italian attitudine "disposition, posture," also "aptness, promptitude," from Late Latin aptitudinem (nominative aptitudo; see aptitude). Originally 17c. a technical term in art for the posture of a figure in a statue or painting; later generalized to "a posture of the body supposed to imply some mental state" (1725). Sense of "settled behavior reflecting feeling or opinion" is first recorded 1837. Connotations of "antagonistic and uncooperative" developed by 1962 in slang.

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Medicine definitions for attitude

attitude

[ ătĭ-tōōd′ ]

n.

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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