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posture

[pos-cher] /ˈpɒs tʃər/
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.
verb (used with object), postured, posturing.
7.
to place in a particular posture or attitude.
8.
to position, especially strategically:
to posture troops along a border.
9.
to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.):
The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.
10.
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.
verb (used without object), postured, posturing.
11.
to assume a particular posture.
12.
to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.
13.
to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < French < Italian postura < Latin positūra. See posit, -ure
Related forms
postural, adjective
posturer, noun
Synonyms
2. See position.
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  • While posturing giants dissolved in drifts of smoke.
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  • Please spare us this insipid intellectual elitist posturing.
  • It is not science and no amount of posturing will make it so.
  • It also shows that, despite all the posturing, presidents and athletic directors have less power than people realize.
  • We usually hear prepared rants, aggressive posturing, and homicidal threats.
British Dictionary definitions for posturing

posture

/ˈpɒstʃə/
noun
1.
a position or attitude of the limbs or body
2.
a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriage: to 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
verb
7.
to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
8.
(intransitive) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
Derived Forms
postural, adjective
posturer, 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.)).

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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posturing in Medicine

posture pos·ture (pŏs'chər)
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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