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.
- pos·tur·al, adjective
- pos·tur·er, noun
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How to use posture in a sentence
It’s nice that I can customize the fit to help my posture as much as possible—without breaking the bank.The best things I bought in September to make working and living at home easier | Rachel Schallom | September 27, 2020 | Fortune
She argued that it was most valuable instead to approach art by imagining a zone “staked out for a variety of ideas and postures to flex and interact.”
MTS is also pursuing an outside, third-party review of the agency’s policies and practices that could reshape its enforcement posture.MTS Police Chief Departs as Agency Pulls Back Enforcement Push | Lisa Halverstadt | July 27, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
“We want to give away everything we’ve learned, just give it away so other universities can improve their posture with respect to leader development,” he says.At this university, any student can sign up to get professional leadership coaching—for free | Geoffrey Colvin | July 8, 2020 | Fortune
So they were in this posture, which we’ve come to call hide-and-bide.Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China? (Ep. 414) | Stephen J. Dubner | April 23, 2020 | Freakonomics
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’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some immediately treated the young rapper as a punchline, turning his awkward posture in the photo into a meme.
This season is all about monitoring posture, scrutinizing sun exposure, even exploring the health of a pet.
Nonetheless, the Mission is working with local schools identified with the United States to review their security posture.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi? | Chris Allbritton | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I lived somewhere in the middle of the food chain—an involuntary humility, which remains the emotional posture behind reason.
Sympathising with its desires, Benjy changed his posture, and managed just to touch the nose of his enemy.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
He was told that a son must not play in his father's presence, nor assume free or easy posture before him.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
The animal maintains a fairly upright posture, but walks with a waddling motion, its body rocking from side to side.
None of the other anthropoid apes ever walk erect, though they assume at times the upright posture.
Their attitude is in all cases an approach toward the erect one, which posture is attained by the gibbon.
British Dictionary definitions for posture
a position or attitude of the limbs or body
a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriage: to 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
- postural, adjective
- posturer, noun
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