AskDefine | Define attitude

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1 a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun" [syn: mental attitude]
2 position or arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender" [syn: position, posture]
3 a theatrical pose created for effect; "the actor struck just the right attitude"
4 position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)

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  1. The position of the body or way of carrying oneself.
    • The ballet dancer walked with a graceful attitude,
  2. Disposition or state of mind.
    • but had a lazy attitude to work.
  3. A negative, irritating, or irritated attitude.
    • "Don't give me your attitude."
  4. The orientation of an aircraft or other vehicle relative to the horizon, direction of motion etc.
    • The airliner had to land with a nose-up attitude after the incident.

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Extensive Definition

Attitude may refer to:

Lifestyle and popular culture

attitude in French: Attitude
attitude in Finnish: Asenne

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

air, approach, aspect, assumption, azimuth, bearing, bearings, bent, bias, carriage, celestial navigation, climate of opinion, color, common belief, community sentiment, conceit, concept, conception, conclusion, consensus gentium, consideration, dead reckoning, demeanor, disposition, estimate, estimation, ethos, exposure, eye, feeling, fix, frontage, general belief, idea, impression, inclination, judgment, lay, leaning, lie, lights, line of position, mind, mystique, notion, observation, opinion, orientation, personal judgment, pilotage, point of view, popular belief, port, pose, position, position line, posture, predilection, prejudice, prepossession, presence, presumption, prevailing belief, public belief, public opinion, radio bearing, reaction, sentiment, set, sight, stance, stand, tendency, theory, thinking, thought, view, viewpoint, way of thinking
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