- the relative disposition of the parts of something.
- the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole: poor posture; a sitting posture.
- an affected or unnatural attitude: He struck a comic posture.
- a mental or spiritual attitude: His ideas reveal a defensive posture.
- one's image or policy as perceived by the public, other nations, etc.: The company wants to develop a more aggressive marketing posture.
- position, condition, or state, as of affairs.
- to place in a particular posture or attitude.
- to position, especially strategically: to posture troops along a border.
- to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.): The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.
- to adopt an attitude or take an official position on (a matter): The company postured that the court's ruling could be interpreted as being in its favor.
- to assume a particular posture.
- to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.
- to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.
Origin of posture
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Examples from the Web for posture
He throws every fiber of his being into each performance, altering his posture, elocution, temperament, and more.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
The researchers found that certain parameters, such as walking speed and posture, can affect the recognition of emotion.Japan's Robots Are Reading Your Emotions
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
August 6, 2014
When we need a strong, cooperative tone to the relationship, our current posture is seen as uncaring.Let's Get Real: Washington Can't Walk Away From Cairo
Frank G. Wisner
May 26, 2014
Were they to amend their posture, they would only be further isolating themselves.Obama Gambles Iran Nuke Talks to Punish Putin
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
March 21, 2014
Each step focuses on a different part of the guided meditation practice such as “breath”, “posture” and “mindset”.These 7 iPhone Apps for Meditation Make Us Want To Inhale, Exhale, Inhale, Exhale
Courtney Boyd Myers
January 26, 2014
He was sitting yonder when I began to dress, and has scarcely changed his posture since.Barnaby Rudge
Our posture must be that of holy reverence, of quiet waiting and adoration.The Ministry of Intercession
Try and recall the posture of your affairs, when I extricated you and brought you to Seuthes.Anabasis
She felt the indecorum of the posture he had condescended to take, and was shocked.A Simple Story
Whoever has need of another is indigent, and assumes a posture.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
- 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
Word Origin and History for posture
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.
- A position of the body or of body parts.
- A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.