[at-i-tood, -tyood]
  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.
  3. Aeronautics. the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc.
  4. 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

Synonyms for attitude

2. See position. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for attitudinal

Contemporary Examples of attitudinal

  • Still, attitudinal barriers about the value of mental health care seemed to be be the biggest obstacle.

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    The Taboo of Mental Illness

    Justin Green

    December 17, 2012

  • The beneficiaries of this attitudinal shift are Hindu nationalists.

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    Hold Onto Your Penis

    David Frum, Justin Green

    November 29, 2012

Historical Examples of attitudinal

  • The reference is to attitudinal response, to Weltanschauung.

    Piper in the Woods

    Philip K. Dick

British Dictionary definitions for attitudinal


  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)
  3. a position of the body indicating mood or emotion
  4. informal a hostile mannerdon't give me attitude, my girl
  5. the orientation of an aircraft's axes in relation to some plane, esp the horizontalSee also axis 1 (def. 1)
  6. the orientation of a spacecraft in relation to its direction of motion
  7. 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

1831, from Italian attitudine (see attitude) + -al (1).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

attitudinal in Medicine


  1. The position of the body and limbs; posture.
  2. A manner of acting.
  3. A relatively stable and enduring predisposition to behave or react in a characteristic way.
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