Definition of attitude in English:


Line breaks: at¦ti|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈatɪtjuːd


  • 2 [mass noun] informal , chiefly North American Truculent or uncooperative behaviour: I asked the waiter for a clean fork and all I got was attitude
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    • Staff have an attitude and can't even raise a smile when you tip them!
    • She came to his studio with attitude, but cradled his face in her hands to kiss him before she left.
    • Last season they arrived with attitude and generally did not treat us well, making fun of us even though they are not very good themselves.
  • 2.1Individuality and self-confidence: she snapped her fingers with attitude
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    • Sarah pointed at a nine-year-old girl with attitude and spunk.
    • So, I thought, it's just a bar with attitude.
    • She comes across as sweet and innocent and yet as a teen with attitude.
  • 3The orientation of an aircraft or spacecraft, relative to the direction of travel.
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    • Although the pilot cannot deliberately overshoot the attitude limitation, the aircraft can.
    • It is important to fully understand the effect a liquid's movement can have on the attitude control of these spacecraft.
    • We use our view of the ground, the horizon and the sky to keep the airplane in the right attitude.



Pronunciation: /atɪˈtjuːdɪn(ə)l/
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  • An attitudinal change will have to be brought about.
  • This attitudinal shift has diffused the tension over lesbianism in women's sport although it has not totally removed it.
  • The first survey posed certain abstract questions about principles, and the answers will reflect attitudinal preferences.


late 17th century (denoting the placing or posture of a figure in art): from French, from Italian attitudine 'fitness, posture', from late Latin aptitudo, from aptus 'fit'.

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