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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attitude mean? 

  The noun ATTITUDE has 4 senses:

1. a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
2. the arrangement of the body and its limbs
3. a theatrical pose created for effect
4. position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)

  Familiarity information: ATTITUDE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1attitude [BACK TO TOP]


A complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


attitude; mental attitude

Context example:

he had the attitude that work was fun

Hypernyms ("attitude" is a kind of...):

cognition; knowledge; noesis (the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attitude"):

tolerance (willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others)

intolerance (unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs)

esteem; regard; respect (an attitude of admiration or esteem)

disrespect (a disrespectful mental attitude)

reverence (a reverent mental attitude)

irreverence (an irreverent mental attitude)

orientation (an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs)

disposition; inclination; tendency (an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others)

position; posture; stance (a rationalized mental attitude)

paternalism (the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good)

mentality; mind-set; mindset; outlook (a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations)

southernism (an attitude characteristic of Southerners (especially in the US))

high horse (an attitude of arrogant superiority)

hardball (a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics)

defensive; defensive attitude (an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase 'on the defensive'))

culture (the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization)

acceptance; credence (the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true)

Sense 2attitude [BACK TO TOP]


The arrangement of the body and its limbs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


posture; attitude; position

Context example:

he assumed an attitude of surrender

Hypernyms ("attitude" is a kind of...):

bodily property (an attribute of the body)


erect; upright; vertical (upright in position or posture)

unerect (not upright in position or posture)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attitude"):

order arms (a position in the manual of arms; the rifle is held vertically on the right side with the butt on the ground; often used as a command)

tuck ((sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest)

stance (standing posture)

sprawl; sprawling (an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about)

guard (a posture of defence in boxing or fencing)

asana ((Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga))

ectopia (abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth))

presentation ((obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal)

pose (a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes)

ballet position (classical position of the body and especially the feet in ballet)

decubitus (a reclining position (as in a bed))

eversion (the position of being turned outward)

lithotomy position (a position lying on your back with knees bent and thighs apart; assumed for vaginal or rectal examination)

lotus position (a sitting position with the legs crossed; used in yoga)

missionary position (a position for sexual intercourse; a man and woman lie facing each other with the man on top; so-called because missionaries thought it the proper position for primitive peoples)

Sense 3attitude [BACK TO TOP]


A theatrical pose created for effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the actor struck just the right attitude

Hypernyms ("attitude" is a kind of...):

affectation; affectedness; mannerism; pose (a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display)

Sense 4attitude [BACK TO TOP]


Position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("attitude" is a kind of...):

orientation (position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attitude"):

trim (attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation)

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