mental attitude

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain waysmental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
acceptance, credence - the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true; "he gave credence to the gossip"; "acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for 200 years"
culture - the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization; "the developing drug culture"; "the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture"
defensive, defensive attitude - an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
hardball - a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics; "they play hardball in the Senate"
high horse - an attitude of arrogant superiority; "get off your high horse and admit you are wrong"
southernism - an attitude characteristic of Southerners (especially in the US)
mentality, mindset, mind-set, outlook - a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations
paternalism - the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good
stance, posture, position - a rationalized mental attitude
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
tolerance - willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
intolerance - unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
esteem, respect, regard - an attitude of admiration or esteem; "she lost all respect for him"
disrespect - a disrespectful mental attitude
reverence - a reverent mental attitude
irreverence - an irreverent mental attitude
orientation - an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
References in classic literature ?
Not only did it seem to him (as to all administrators) that he controlled the external actions of Moscow's inhabitants, but he also thought he controlled their mental attitude by means of his broadsheets and posters, written in a coarse tone which the people despise in their own class and do not understand from those in authority.
What that mental attitude was capable of, in the way of an elegant, yet plain-spoken, and life-like delineation of men's moods and manners, as also in the way of determining those moods and manners themselves to all that was lively, unaffected, and harmonious, can be seen nowhere better than in Mr.
You will pardon my candor, but it is necessary that you understand my mental attitude toward this particular story--that you may credit that which fol-lows.
I recognize the fact, of course, that I am not in a position to judge or to understand the mental attitude of one who, like yourself, has suffered and passed through great crises.
This discourse offers us an analysis of their mental attitude.
Rachel prided herself on always speaking her mind; she proceeded to speak it now, having adjusted her mental attitude to this amazing piece of news.
His pursuit of the murderers had not been characterized by excessive speed; but rather more in keeping with his mental attitude, which was marked by a dogged determination to require from the Germans more than an eye for an eye and more than a tooth for a tooth, the element of time entering but slightly into his calculations.
I cannot truthfully describe my mental attitude as acquiescence and far less cheerful acquiescence," grumbled Summerlee over his pipe.
A decent and customary mental attitude in the presence
No, positive mental attitude, (as Berti Vogts used to mutter while sending on Millwall's Paul Devlin).
I know that mental attitude and minds et changes make a big difference to an individual's performance.
We need the same mental attitude we took to Bosnia last year and the same skill and passion we showed in Rotterdam and Milan.