Definition of posture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒstʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːstʃər//
    Position and movement
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the position in which you hold your body when standing or sitting a comfortable/relaxed posture upright/sitting/supine postures Good posture is essential when working at the computer. Back pains can be the result of bad posture. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] your attitude to a particular situation or the way in which you deal with it The government has adopted an aggressive posture on immigration.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting the relative position of one thing to another): from French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura ‘position’, from posit- ‘placed’, from the verb ponere.Extra examples Michael gulped as he struggled to regain his posture. She has very good posture. a poor posture for driving the normal upright posture to adopt a threatening posture towards an opponent Back pains can be the result of bad posture. Facial expressions and body posture can show a speaker that you are listening. Try to maintain an upright posture and keep your voice low and clear.
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