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at·ti·tude (ătĭ-td, -tyd)
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n.
1.
a. A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition: has a positive attitude about work; kept a dignified attitude throughout the crisis.
b. Arrogant or aggressive disposition or behavior: One customer with a lot of attitude really tried my patience.
2.
a. A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.
b. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
3.
a. The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
b. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.

[French, from Italian attitudine, from Late Latin aptitūdō, aptitūdin-, faculty; see APTITUDE.]

atti·tudi·nal (-tdn-əl, -tyd-) adj.
atti·tudi·nal·ly adv.
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attitude
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