Meaning of POSTURE in English

POSTURE

I. ˈpäs-chər noun

Etymology: Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

Date: circa 1586

1.

a. : 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

II. verb

( pos·tured ; pos·tur·ing )

Date: circa 1645

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

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

2. : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

• pos·tur·er -chər-ər noun

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