- manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.
- position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.: a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.
- Aeronautics. the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc.
- Ballet. a pose in which the dancer stands on one leg, the other bent behind.
- the way a person views something or tends to behave towards it, often in an evaluative way
- a theatrical pose created for effect (esp in the phrase strike an attitude)
- a position of the body indicating mood or emotion
- informal a hostile mannerdon’t give me attitude, my girl
- the orientation of an aircraft’s axes in relation to some plane, esp the horizontalSee also
- the orientation of a spacecraft in relation to its direction of motion
- ballet a classical position in which the body is upright and one leg raised and bent behind
1831, from Italian attitudine (see ) + (1).
1660s, via French attitude (17c.), from Italian attitudine “disposition, posture,” also “aptness, promptitude,” from Late Latin aptitudinem (nominative aptitudo; see ). 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 by 1962 in slang.
- The position of the body and limbs; posture.
- A manner of acting.
- A relatively stable and enduring predisposition to behave or react in a characteristic way.