mentality

A mentality is a way of thinking or the ability to think and learn. If someone says you have the mentality of a kindergartener, that's great if you’re in kindergarten, but if you're in tenth grade, they're probably calling you immature.

An obvious part of the noun mentality is the word "mental," which means "of the mind." How your mind works is your mentality, either in a way that's measured in school or testing, or in the way you think about things. A learned way of thinking comes from experiences; for example you might have a competitive mentality at mealtime because you share a table with nine brothers and sisters.

Definitions of mentality
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n a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations

Synonyms:
mind-set, mindset, outlook
Type of:
attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n mental ability

Synonyms:
brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, wit
Type of:
intelligence
the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

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