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The position of a standing human figure whose weight is unequally distributed between the two legs, resulting in a slight curvature of the torso and a tilting of the pelvis and shoulders in opposite directions.

[Italian, past participle of contrapporre, to set opposite, contrast, from Latin contrāpōnere : contrā-, contra- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -tos
(Art Terms) (in the visual arts) a curving or asymmetrical arrangement of the human figure with the shoulders, hips, and legs in different planes
[C20: from Italian, from the past participle of contrapporre, from Latin contra contra- + pōnere to place]
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