mentality

[ men-tal-i-tee ]
/ mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural men·tal·i·ties.

mental capacity or endowment: a person of average mentality.
the set of one's mind; view; outlook: a liberal mentality.

Nearby words

  1. mental symphysis,
  2. mental telepathy,
  3. mentalese,
  4. mentalism,
  5. mentalist,
  6. mentally,
  7. mentally ill,
  8. mentation,
  9. mentee,
  10. mentes

Origin of mentality

First recorded in 1685–95; mental1 + -ity

Related formssu·per·men·tal·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for mentality

mentality

/ (mɛnˈtælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of mental or intellectual ability
a way of thinking; mental inclination or characterhis weird mentality
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Word Origin and History for mentality

mentality

n.

1690s, from mental (adj.) + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for mentality

mentality

[ mĕn-tălĭ-tē ]

n.

The sum of a person's intellectual capabilities or endowment.

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