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attitude (n.)

1660s, "posture or position of a figure in a statue or painting," via French attitude (17c.), from Italian attitudine "disposition, posture," also "aptness, promptitude," from Late Latin aptitudinem (nominative aptitudo; see aptitude, which is its doublet).

Originally 17c. a technical term in art; later generalized to "a posture of the body supposed to imply some mental state" (1725). Sense of "a settled behavior reflecting feeling or opinion" is by 1837. Meaning "habitual mode of regarding" is short for attitude of mind (1757). Connotations of "antagonistic and uncooperative" developed by 1962 in slang.

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Definitions of attitude from WordNet

attitude (n.)
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways;
he had the attitude that work was fun
Synonyms: mental attitude
attitude (n.)
the arrangement of the body and its limbs;
he assumed an attitude of surrender
Synonyms: position / posture
attitude (n.)
a theatrical pose created for effect;
the actor struck just the right attitude
attitude (n.)
position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion);
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