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pos·?ture | ?päs-ch?rHow to pronounce posture (audio)

1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture

b : the pose of a model or artistic figure

2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market

3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude



postured; posturing

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture especially : to strike a pose for effect

2 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

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Noun Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun True, too, that innovations such as the bra that texts you to stop eating or corrects yourposturedid not take off. —Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, "Bramancing the Braless: Notes on Nine Lingerie Startups," 30 July 2020Hensley struck that same self-righteouspostureof victimhood. —Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Report recommends performance plan but no disciplinary action for West Chester police chief," 8 July 2020The stand-or-kneel debate, sparked by Colin Kaepernick’spostureduring the national anthem in 2016 and smoldering since, has reignited — bigger than before, and this time with an unexpected twist. —John Branch, New York Times, "The Anthem Debate Is Back. But Now It’s Standing That’s Polarizing.," 4 July 2020The Noda clan sits upright, dressed in formal attire; the Barturs’postureand dress are more relaxed. —Eve Sneider, The New York Review of Books, "Days in the Life of Tetsuya Noda," 4 July 2020But the location of those rallies highlights the campaign's defensiveposture. —Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Trump's electoral problem: Too many people hate him," 24 June 2020Policeposturetoward demonstrators in Huntsville took a sharp turn after a protest in Birmingham turned violent on the night of Sunday, May 31. —Ashley Remkus |, al, "Rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray: What happened in Huntsville through the eyes of protesters," 8 June 2020There is, in the held moment, aposture: a kind of performance that asks or rejects the reader’s judgment. —Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, "Wanting Wrong," 6 July 2020Those hawkish pronouncements were at odds with Trump’s publicposture. —Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump rejects intel on Russian bounties, but top Texas Republicans say retaliation may be called for," 29 June 2020Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The unrest is the rare issue over which Russian and Chinese officials canpostureas fellow travelers with Western officials. —Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "China and Russia use George Floyd unrest to make case against democracy," 3 June 2020Many experts see the President's claim asposturingrather than policy. —Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 1: George Floyd, Antifa, coronavirus, WHO, G7 summit," 1 June 2020Not long ago such talk seemed more likeposturingthan practical politics, and many assumed the two sides would quietly agree in June to extend the talks. —Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Britain Is Sticking to Brexit Plans Despite Virus Upheaval," 11 Apr. 2020Another, equally striking portrait, by Giovanni Boldini, perfectly captures the count’s confident,posturingdandyism. —Leo Damrosch, New York Times, "Hanging With the Wits and Dandies of the Belle Époque," 21 Feb. 2020This was all done withoutposturing, the need for attention or even discussion. —Michael O'connell, Billboard, "'Empire' Cast Pens Letter in Support of Jussie Smollett Returning to Fox Drama," 24 Apr. 2019Shockey leads Eva and their cameraman down the logging road to get a broadside shot on the bear, which is nowposturingwith his legs splayed wide to show his dominance. —Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Jim Shockey Goes Home: The Legacy of Modern Hunting’s Most Influential Celebrity," 20 Nov. 2017Contestants have to speak their text messages at the screen, and one of The Circle’s pleasures is watching people try topostureas approachable and friendly solely through text. —Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Netflix's The Circle Is the Best TV Show About the Internet," 8 Jan. 2020And the threat is not justposturing: Two months ago the development team suspended work on the project and stopped paying $37,000 a month to the city for staff work on the weapons station. —J.k. Dineen,, "Bay Area’s largest planned housing project could die due to union fight," 8 Jan. 2020

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