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[men-tal-i-tee] /mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural mentalities.
mental capacity or endowment:
a person of average mentality.
the set of one's mind; view; outlook:
a liberal mentality.
Origin of mentality
1685-95; mental1 + -ity
Related forms
supermentality, noun Unabridged
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  • Can we reasonably hope to win, or not to lose, with such a mentality at the head?

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • We learnt to know Levantine and Egyptian mentality better than ever.

  • The outcropping of ancestral types of mentality is observed to underlie many of the manifestations of vice and crime.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • It is characteristic of her mentality that she never attempted to exact it.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The speculative systems are thus by their own mentality perfectly complete and selfsufficient systems.

British Dictionary definitions for mentality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of mental or intellectual ability
a way of thinking; mental inclination or character: his weird mentality
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Word Origin and History for mentality

1690s, from mental (adj.) + -ity.

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mentality in Medicine

mentality men·tal·i·ty (měn-tāl'ĭ-tē)
The sum of a person's intellectual capabilities or endowment.

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