verb (used with object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

Origin of posture

1595–1605; < French < Italian postura < Latin positūra. See posit, -ure
Related formspos·tur·al, adjectivepos·tur·er, noun

Synonyms for posture

2. See position. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for postural

Historical Examples of postural

  • They are devised for disciplinary, postural, developmental, and health purposes.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The chief principle of Dr Marshall Halls so-called ready method is the postural performance of artificial respiration.

  • In long-standing cases the pain and discomfort may lead to a postural scoliosis (ischias-scoliotica).

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for postural



a position or attitude of the limbs or body
a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriageto have good posture
the disposition of the parts of a visible object
a mental attitude or frame of mind
a state, situation, or condition
a false or affected attitude; pose


to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
(intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
Derived Formspostural, adjectiveposturer, noun

Word Origin for posture

C17: via French from Italian postura, from Latin positūra, from pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for postural



c.1600, from French posture (16c.), from Italian postura "position, posture," from Latin positura "position, station," from postulus, past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)).



1620s, literal, from posture (n.). The figurative sense of "take up an artificial mental position" is attested from 1877. Related: Postured; posturing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

postural in Medicine




Relating to or involving posture.




A position of the body or of body parts.
A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.
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