[at-i-tood, -tyood]


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.

Nearby words

  1. attingent,
  2. attire,
  3. attired,
  4. attirement,
  5. attis,
  6. attitudinal,
  7. attitudinarian,
  8. attitudinize,
  9. attius,
  10. attleboro

Origin of attitude

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

2. See position.

Related formsat·ti·tu·di·nal, adjective

Can be confusedaltitude attitude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for attitudinal

British Dictionary definitions for attitudinal



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 mannerdon't give me attitude, my girl
the orientation of an aircraft's axes in relation to some plane, esp the horizontalSee 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
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 attitudinal
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Medicine definitions for attitudinal




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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