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  1. pos·ture
    IPA[ˈpäsCHər]
  2. noun

    • 1. the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting:

      he stood in a flamboyant posture with his hands on his hips good posture will protect your spine
      Synonym : bearing, carriage, comportment, way of standing/sitting, stance, deportment
    • 2. a particular pose adopted by a bird or other animal, interpreted as a signal of a specific pattern of behavior:

      the snake inverts itself into the mock-dead posture
    • 3. a particular way of dealing with or considering something; an approach or attitude:

      labor unions adopted a more militant posture in wage negotiations
      Synonym : attitude, stance, stand, standpoint, view, point of view, viewpoint, opinion, position, way of thinking, frame of mind, outlook, angle, slant, perspective
    • 4. a particular way of behaving that is intended to convey a false impression; a pose:

      despite pulling back its missiles, the government maintained a defiant posture for home consumption

    verb

    • 1. behave in a way that is intended to impress or mislead:

      a billionaire posturing as a hero of the working class
    • 2. adopt (a certain attitude) so as to impress or mislead:

      the companies may posture regret, but they have a vested interest in increasing Third World sales
    • 3. place (someone) in a particular attitude or pose:

      and still these two were postured motionless
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: posture, plural noun: postures

    • v.: verb: posture, 3rd person present: postures, gerund or present participle: posturing, past tense: postured, past participle: postured

    • noun

      the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting:

      a particular pose adopted by a bird or other animal, interpreted as a signal of a specific pattern of behaviour:

    • verb

      behave in a way that is intended to impress or mislead:

      adopt (a particular attitude) so as to impress or mislead:

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