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English noun: attitude

1. attitude (cognition) a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways


SamplesHe had the attitude that work was fun.


Synonymsmental attitude


Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis


Narrower (hyponym)acceptance, credence, culture, defensive, defensive attitude, disposition, disrespect, esteem, hardball, high horse, inclination, intolerance, irreverence, mentality, mind-set, mindset, orientation, outlook, paternalism, position, posture, regard, respect, reverence, southernism, stance, tendency, tolerance

2. attitude (attribute) the arrangement of the body and its limbs


SamplesHe assumed an attitude of surrender.


Synonymsposition, posture


Broader (hypernym)bodily property


Narrower (hyponym)asana, ballet position, decubitus, ectopia, eversion, guard, lithotomy position, lotus position, missionary position, order arms, pose, presentation, sprawl, sprawling, stance, tuck


Attributeerect, unerect, upright, vertical

3. attitude (act) a theatrical pose created for effect


SamplesThe actor struck just the right attitude.


Broader (hypernym)affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose

4. attitude position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)


Broader (hypernym)orientation


Narrower (hyponym)trim









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