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posture

[pos-cher]
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noun
  1. the relative disposition of the parts of something.
  2. the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole: poor posture; a sitting posture.
  3. an affected or unnatural attitude: He struck a comic posture.
  4. a mental or spiritual attitude: His ideas reveal a defensive posture.
  5. one's image or policy as perceived by the public, other nations, etc.: The company wants to develop a more aggressive marketing posture.
  6. position, condition, or state, as of affairs.
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verb (used with object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.
  1. to place in a particular posture or attitude.
  2. to position, especially strategically: to posture troops along a border.
  3. to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.): The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.
  4. 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.
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verb (used without object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.
  1. to assume a particular posture.
  2. to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.
  3. to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.
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Origin of posture

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

Synonyms

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2. See position.
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Related Words

masqueradeposedisplayfakeaffectattitudinizeplayact

Examples from the Web for posturing

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  • There was an extraordinary force of suggestion in this posturing.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Remember that while you're posturing in your little hour of glory on Athena and Earth.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • She began at once calling and posturing, clearly for our benefit.

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • What a statue gallery of posturing friends we all have in our memory!

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Music (it is called by that name) and posturing fill up the intervals.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou


British Dictionary definitions for posturing

posture

noun
  1. a position or attitude of the limbs or body
  2. a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriageto have good posture
  3. the disposition of the parts of a visible object
  4. a mental attitude or frame of mind
  5. a state, situation, or condition
  6. a false or affected attitude; pose
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verb
  1. to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
  2. (intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
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Derived Formspostural, adjectiveposturer, noun

Word Origin

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

posture

n.

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.)).

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posture

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

posturing in Medicine

posture

(pŏschər)
n.
  1. A position of the body or of body parts.
  2. A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.
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