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The origin and evolution of the word attitude is a fascinating linguistic examination. Dating back to 1525, the term initially appeared as an Anglo-French word based on the Middle French attitude, where it referred to the position or posture of a dancer or actor in a theatrical performance. By 1641, the association with a posture can be found in various sources, with an example outlining a soldier's movements as they shifted into an attitude of defense. By the mid-1700s, the term had taken on new connotations with the suggestion that an attitude embodied a certain manner, demeanor or state of mind. This new meaning of attitude is supported by references to theatrical or figurative postures in media sources, emphasizing how the word had come to be associated with a physical, intellectual and emotional bearing. Today, the word attitude has entered common parlance as a descriptor for behavior, and is used to describe feelings, opinions, and dispositions in a wide range of contexts.

Morphology, Evolution, Historical, Pragmatics, Semantics, Etymology.

Henry Fontaine


Attitude is a noun, defined as a settled way of thinking or feeling about something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior. Synonyms for attitude include standpoint, point of view, outlook, posture, and disposition. Common antonyms include passivity, dislike, distrust, and opposition. Cognates of attitude include the Spanish actitud, French attitude, Italian attitudo and Portuguese atitude. Variants of the word ‘attitude’ include attitudinizing and attitudinarianism.

Morphology, linguistics, word roots, language evolution, language history, lexicon, language influence, synonymy, antonymy, cognates, variants.

George Adrian Postea


Attitude refers to the orientation of a person toward a certain objective or situation. Generally speaking, when a person has a positive attitude they are motivated to take action and are more likely to be successful in reaching their goals. On the other hand, when someone has a negative attitude they are more likely to be pessimistic and not put enough effort into achieving the desired outcome. In the context of engineering, having a positive attitude is essential for finding creative solutions to complex problems and overcoming challenges. Attitude is also important for cultivating a team-oriented and productive workplace where everyone is motivated to contribute their best. Important works on Attitude in the context of engineering include studies on the impact of positive thinking to engineering productivity and on how to foster organizational commitment in engineering teams.

Engineering attitude, attitude adjustment, attitude development, attitude promotion.

Ahmad Al-Khatib

CITATION : "Ahmad Al-Khatib. 'Attitude.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on March 27, 2023)"

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