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[ pos-cher ]

/ ?p?s t??r /

SEE SYNONYMS FOR posture ON THESAURUS.COM

noun

the relative disposition of the parts of something.

the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole: poor posture; a sitting posture.

an affected or unnatural attitude: He struck a comic posture.

a mental or spiritual attitude: His ideas reveal a defensive posture.

one's image or policy as perceived by the public, other nations, etc.: The company wants to develop a more aggressive marketing posture.

position, condition, or state, as of affairs.

verb (used with object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

to place in a particular posture or attitude.

to position, especially strategically: to posture troops along a border.

to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.): The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.

to adopt an attitude or take an official position on (a matter): The company postured that the court's ruling could be interpreted as being in its favor.

verb (used without object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

to assume a particular posture.

to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.

to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.

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Origin of posture

First recorded in 1595–1605; from French, from Italian postura, from Latin posit?ra.See posit, -ure

synonym study for posture

2. See position.

OTHER WORDS FROM posture

pos·tur·al, adjectivepos·tur·er, noun

Words nearby posture

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Words related to posture

demeanor, attitude, aspect, mode, disposition, outlook, frame of mind, mood, stance, sentiment, feeling, bearing, set, presence, pose, state, port, carriage, situation, phase

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British Dictionary definitions for posture

posture

/ (?p?st??) /

noun

a position or attitude of the limbs or body

a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriageto have good posture

the disposition of the parts of a visible object

a mental attitude or frame of mind

a state, situation, or condition

a false or affected attitude; pose

verb

to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude

(intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose

Derived forms of posture

postural, adjectiveposturer, noun

Word Origin for posture

C17: via French from Italian postura, from Latin posit?ra, from p?nere to place

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for posture

posture

[ p?s?ch?r ]

n.

A position of the body or of body parts.

A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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