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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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