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at·ti·tude  audio  (t-td, -tyd) KEY 

  1. A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.
    1. A state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work.
    2. An arrogant or hostile state of mind or disposition.
  2. The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
  3. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.
  4. 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.

French, from Italian attitudine, from Late Latin aptitd, aptitdin-, faculty ; see aptitude

atti·tudi·nal  (-tdn-l, -tyd-) KEY (Adjective), atti·tudi·nal·ly(Adverb)

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