An attitude is somewhere between a belief, a stance, a mood, and a pose. If you've got an attitude about something, it can be hard to change it because you think you're right.

You'll often hear Happy Hour referred to as "Attitude Adjustment Hour," because cheap drinks are one of the best ways to change your attitude. If you're in a bad mood, cocktails can make it better (or worse). An attitude is a way of thinking that you can express just by standing a certain way. For example, putting your hands on your hips and rolling your eyes expresses one kind of attitude, while kneeling with your palms together expresses a very different one.

Primary Meanings of attitude

a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
the arrangement of the body and its limbs
position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
Full Definitions of 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”
mental attitude
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acceptance, credence
the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true
the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization
defensive, defensive attitude
an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics
high horse
an attitude of arrogant superiority
an attitude characteristic of Southerners (especially in the US)
mentality, mind-set, mindset, outlook
a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations
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
willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
esteem, regard, respect
an attitude of admiration or esteem
a disrespectful mental attitude
a reverent mental attitude
an irreverent mental attitude
an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid
the culture that emerges from the use of computers for communication and entertainment and business
Kalashnikov culture
the attitudes and behavior in a social group that resolves political disputes by force of arms
mosaic culture
a highly diverse culture
hard line
a firm and uncompromising stance or position
a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
drift, movement, trend
a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'
sympathy, understanding
an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
favoritism, favouritism
an inclination to favor some person or group
leaning, proclivity, propensity
a natural inclination
bent, set
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense
the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it
an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
favor, favour
an inclination to approve
disapproval, disfavor, disfavour, dislike
an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
partiality, partisanship
an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
impartiality, nonpartisanship
an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
an inclination to tolerate or overlook opposing or shocking opinions or behavior
liberality, liberalness
an inclination to favor progress and individual freedom
disinterest, neutrality
tolerance attributable to a lack of involvement
narrow-mindedness, narrowness
an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior
bigotry, dogmatism
the intolerance and prejudice of a bigot
fanaticism, fanatism, zealotry
excessive intolerance of opposing views
exaggerated religious zealotry
zero tolerance
extreme intolerance of antisocial behavior (usually by an uncompromising application of the law)
estimate, estimation
the respect with which a person is held
an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
a shared orientation leading to mutual understanding
an orientation that favors experimentation and innovation
a fresh orientation; a changed set of attitudes and beliefs
perspective, position, view
a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
point of view, stand, standpoint, viewpoint
a mental position from which things are viewed
a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards
heresy, heterodoxy, unorthodoxy
any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position
ideology, political orientation, political theory
an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
religious orientation
an attitude toward religion or religious practices
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cognition, knowledge, noesis
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

n the arrangement of the body and its limbs

“he assumed an attitude of surrender”
position, posture
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order arms
a position in the manual of arms; the rifle is held vertically on the right side with the butt on the ground; often used as a command
ballet position
classical position of the body and especially the feet in ballet
a reclining position (as in a bed)
the position of being turned outward
lithotomy position
a position lying on your back with knees bent and thighs apart; assumed for vaginal or rectal examination
lotus position
a sitting position with the legs crossed; used in yoga
missionary position
a position for sexual intercourse; a man and woman lie facing each other with the man on top; so-called because missionaries thought it the proper position for primitive peoples
a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes
(obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal
abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth)
(Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga)
a posture of defence in boxing or fencing
sprawl, sprawling
an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
standing posture
(sports) 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
position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
(Hinduism) a religious posture
the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball
a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review
erectness, uprightness
the property of being upright in posture
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bodily property
an attribute of the body

n a theatrical pose created for effect

“the actor struck just the right attitude
Type of:
affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

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

attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation
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position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

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