attitude

[at-i-tood, -tyood]
noun
1.
manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.
2.
position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.: a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.
3.
Aeronautics. the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc.
4.
Ballet. a pose in which the dancer stands on one leg, the other bent behind.

Origin:
1660–70; < French < Italian attitudine < Late Latin aptitūdini- (stem of aptitūdō) aptitude

attitudinal, adjective

altitude, attitude.


2. See position.
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attitude (ˈætɪˌtjuːd)
 
n
1.  the way a person views something or tends to behave towards it, often in an evaluative way
2.  a theatrical pose created for effect (esp in the phrase strike an attitude)
3.  a position of the body indicating mood or emotion
4.  informal a hostile manner: don't give me attitude, my girl
5.  See also axis the orientation of an aircraft's axes in relation to some plane, esp the horizontal
6.  the orientation of a spacecraft in relation to its direction of motion
7.  ballet a classical position in which the body is upright and one leg raised and bent behind
 
[C17: from French, from Italian attitudine disposition, from Late Latin aptitūdō fitness, from Latin aptusapt]
 
atti'tudinal
 
adj

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attitude
1660s, via Fr. attitude (17c.), from It. attitudine "disposition, posture," also "aptness, promptitude," from L.L. aptitudinem (nom. aptitudo; see aptitude). Originally 17c. a technical term in art for the posture of a figure in a statue or painting; later generalized to
"a posture of the body supposed to imply some mental state" (1725). Sense of "settled behavior reflecting feeling or opinion" is first recorded 1837. Connotations of "antagonistic and uncooperative" developed 1962 in slang.
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attitude at·ti·tude (āt'ĭ-tōōd', -tyōōd')
n.

  1. The position of the body and limbs; posture.

  2. A manner of acting.

  3. A relatively stable and enduring predisposition to behave or react in a characteristic way.

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Intention and attitude make a big difference in how much you gain or lose in
  any situation.
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  the world that means—is having an adventurous attitude.
That attitude, however, appears to be slowly changing elsewhere.
There's a refreshing kind of "anything goes" attitude in this
  little-known wine region.
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