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Attitude

A subjective measure of how one or more persons feel about an event, person, or object. Marketers attempt to measure attitudes of consumers to determine the products they may buy. Likewise, analysts measure investor attitudes to estimate future market movements. See also: Sentiment indicator, Behavioral economics.
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I saw the yellow eyes of the Hyena-swine blazing with excitement, his attitude as if he were half resolved to attack me.
The men bending and surging in their haste and rage were in every impossible attitude.
Perhaps it's a dialogue between a couple of farmers--unnatural in their overdone caricature of farmers' dress more unnatural in their constrained attitudes and gestures--most unnatural in their attempts at ease and geniality in their talk.
These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author deeply.
They were all standing or sitting about in the most quaint and curious attitudes I have ever seen off a Japanese fan.
But he's coming very slowly--and what curious attitudes he goes into
And again there are those who love attitudes, and think that virtue is a sort of attitude.
I might well have needed that, for with this hard blow of the proof that her eyes were hopelessly sealed I felt my own situation horribly crumble, I felt--I saw--my livid predecessor press, from her position, on my defeat, and I was conscious, more than all, of what I should have from this instant to deal with in the astounding little attitude of Flora.
So he flew down and got that acorn, and fetched it up and dropped it in, and was just tilting his head back, with the heavenliest smile on his face, when all of a sudden he was paralyzed into a listening attitude and that smile faded gradually out of his countenance like breath off'n a razor, and the queerest look of surprise took its place.
Hannah showed the result of this attitude somewhat, being a trifle careworn in face and sharp in manner; but she was a self-contained, well-behaved, dependable child, and that is the reason her aunts had invited her to Riverboro to be a member of their family and participate in all the advantages of their loftier position in the world.
She sat by the drawing-room fire after tea, till the moment of Lady Middleton's arrival, without once stirring from her seat, or altering her attitude, lost in her own thoughts, and insensible of her sister's presence; and when at last they were told that Lady Middleton waited for them at the door, she started as if she had forgotten that any one was expected.
I could not but note the unnecessary harshness and brutality with which her guards treated her; so different from the almost maternal kindliness which Sola manifested toward me, and the respectful attitude of the few green Martians who took the trouble to notice me at all.

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