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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun attitude:


The word attitude and its family (attitudes) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun attitude

What does attitude mean as a name of something?

Attitude is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: attitudes

  1. a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
    • example: he had the attitude that work was fun
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of attitude: mental attitude
    • more generic words: cognition / knowledge / noesis = the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
    • more specific terms:
      • acceptance / credence = the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true
      • culture = the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization
      • defensive attitude / defensive = an attitude of defensiveness
      • hardball = a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics
      • high horse = an attitude of arrogant superiority
      • southernism = an attitude characteristic of Southerners
      • mentality / mind-set / mindset / outlook = a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations
      • paternalism = the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good
      • position / posture / stance = a rationalized mental attitude
      • disposition / inclination / tendency = an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
      • tolerance = willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
      • intolerance = unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
      • respect / esteem / regard = 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
  2. the arrangement of the body and its limbs
    • example: he assumed an attitude of surrender
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of attitude: position / posture
    • more generic term: bodily property = an attribute of the body
    • more specific terms:
      • order arms = a position in the manual of arms; the rifle is held vertically on the right side with the butt on the ground
      • ballet position = classical position of the body and especially the feet in ballet
      • decubitus = a reclining position
      • eversion = the position of being turned outward
      • lithotomy position = a position lying on your back with knees bent and thighs apart
      • lotus position = a sitting position with the legs crossed
      • missionary position = a position for sexual intercourse; a man and woman lie facing each other with the man on top
      • pose = a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes
      • presentation = position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal
      • ectopia = abnormal position of a part or organ
      • asana = a posture or manner of sitting
      • guard = a posture of defence in boxing or fencing
      • sprawling / sprawl = an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
      • stance = standing posture
      • tuck = 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
    • attributes:
  3. a theatrical pose created for effect
    • example: the actor struck just the right attitude
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: affectation / affectedness / mannerism / pose = a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  4. position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: orientation = position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
    • more specific word: trim = attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation

Alternative definition of the noun attitude


  1. The position of the body or way of carrying oneself; posture.
  2. Disposition or state of mind.
  3. A negative, irritating, or irritated attitude; posturing.
  4. [aeronautics] The orientation of an aircraft or other vehicle relative to the horizon, direction of motion etc.
  5. [ballet] A position similar to arabesque, but with the raised leg bent at the knee.

Definition of the verb attitude

What does attitude mean as a doing word?


  1. [rfc-def] To act with a strong attitude.
  2. To assume or to place in a particular position or orientation; to pose.
  3. To express an attitude through one's posture, bearing, tone of voice, etc.

Phrases with Attitude

Phrases starting with the word Attitude:

  1. Attitude-Y
  2. Attitude indicator

Phrases ending with the word Attitude:

  1. mental attitude
  2. Aircraft Attitude
  3. defensive attitude
  4. Propositional attitude

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Attitude

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Google previewFinding Your Element (2013)

How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life by Ken Robinson Ph.D., Lou Aronica

A physical attitude is a stance we take to do something practical: serving a tennis ball, lifting a weight, preparing to run or bracing for trouble. A mental...

In geometry, an attitude is an angle of inclination. In your consciousness, too, your attitude is the angle or perspective from which you perceive something. Two people ...

Google previewThe Energy Edge (2013)

by Pamela M. Smith

positive mental attitude is a vital spoke in the energy wheel. In contrast, a negative attitude is an energy sapper. When a bad mood overcomes us, we tend to allow it to color our world. A slip-up becomes a life gets translated into an the ...

Google previewCoaching by Values (CBV): (2011)

A guide to success in the life of business and the business of life by Simon L. Dolan

An attitude is a consequence of the values and norms that precede it. It is an evaluating factor or tendency, either positive or negative, toward other people, deeds, events, things, and so on. Our attitudes reflect how we feel toward someone or ...

Google previewMy Unexpected Journey (2014)

by Pastor G. Lee McClanathan

By definition, attitude is a marker and has the primary role when it comes to our motivation. Attitude says a lot about our...

Google previewA Kick in the Attitude (2009)

An Energizing Approach to Recharge your Team, Work, and Life by Sam Glenn

More clearly, our attitude is the emotional response we have toward situations and people. It is the mental tone we emit. It is an outward...

Google previewFrontiers of Language and Teaching, Vol.2: Proceedings of the 2011 International Online Language Conference (IOLC 2011)

Keywords: Academic Motivation, ESL/ EFL Learners, Motivation Types Introduction Attitude is an important concept about learning.

Google previewTeam Spirit (2012)

Life and Leadership on One of the World's Toughest Yacht Races by Brendan Hall

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference WINSTON CHURCHILL The Southern Ocean has the reputation of destroying boats. The region of the notorious Cape Horn, at the bottom tip of South America, is the most treacherous of all, ...

Google previewThe Spirit of a Messenger (2012)

The Attitude with which You can Do Exactly What You are Sent to Do by Sola Ibironke

A spirit being is a living being that has characteristics like talking, movement, and the like,while an attitude is a nonliving thing. An attitude is a way of thinking, talking, and acting, that a living being could have. CHAPTER TWO The Natureofthe ...

Google previewLet's Talk (2015)

Life is running,Time is running,So the power,Use it by RAJESH WALECHA

Attitude is a frameof mind.Attitude isadress of mind. In ourdaytoday life,we change dresses; likewisewe can...

Positive attitude is the key tosuccess. Success is different for everyone,and success is thepath along which everyone takes a tour, ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

ATTITUDE MEASUREMENT Church decision makers might want to determine the attitudes or opinions of members, recipients of ministries, prospective members, church leaders, people in the community, etc. In such instances, knowledge of ...

Google previewMarketing dictionary (2000)

by Wolfgang J. Koschnick

Einwegpackung Einstellung/(Haltung/, Attitude /) (psychology/empirical social research) attitude A tendency to react in a certain way towards specific events, people, ideas or objects. Einstellung/zum Beruf — » berufliche Einstel- lung ...

Google previewThe Lexicon of Adlerian Psychology (2007)

by Robert L. Powers, Jane Griffith

HESITATING ATTITUDE/DISTANCING Hesitation is one of four “distancing” maneuvers Adler identified as SAFEGUARDING devices; the others are moving backward, standing still, and the construction of obstacles (pp. 273-276).

Google previewEncyclopedia of applied psychology (2004)

A-E by Charles Donald Spielberger

The value-expressive function occurs when attitudes allow people to express important values about themselves. For example, people may express a positive attitude toward recycling, suggesting that environmentalism is an important value.

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (2008)

by Stewart Clegg, James R. Bailey

First, the attitude construct is defined, recognizing its uniqueness and distinguishing it from related, but essentially different, constructs. Next, theories regarding how attitudes are formed and changed are addressed. Then, some of the functions ...

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Quotes about Attitude

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)
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Scrabble value of A1T1T1I1T1U1D2E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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