posture


posture
postural, adj.posturer, n.
/pos"cheuhr/, n., v., postured, posturing.
n.
1. the relative disposition of the parts of something.
2. the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole: poor posture; a sitting posture.
3. an affected or unnatural attitude: He struck a comic posture.
4. a mental or spiritual attitude: His ideas reveal a defensive posture.
5. one's image or policy as perceived by the public, other nations, etc.: The company wants to develop a more aggressive marketing posture.
6. position, condition, or state, as of affairs.
v.t.
7. to place in a particular posture or attitude.
8. to position, esp. strategically: to posture troops along a border.
9. to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.): The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.
10. 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.
v.i.
11. to assume a particular posture.
12. to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.
13. to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.
[1595-1605; < F < It postura < L positura. See POSIT, -URE]
Syn. 2. See position.

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