Attitude vs. Aptitude

By Jaxson

  • Aptitude

    An aptitude is a component of a competence to do a certain kind of work at a certain level. Outstanding aptitude can be considered “talent”. An aptitude may be physical or mental. Aptitude is inborn potential to do certain kinds of work whether developed or undeveloped. Ability is developed knowledge, understanding, learnt or acquired abilities (skills) or attitude. The innate nature of aptitude is in contrast to skills and achievement, which represent knowledge or ability that is gained through learning.According to Gladwell (2008) and Colvin (2008), often it is difficult to set apart an outstanding performance due merely to talent or stemming from hard training. Talented people as a rule show high results immediately in few kinds of activity, but often only in a single direction or genre.

  • Attitude (noun)

    The position of the body or way of carrying oneself; posture.

    “The ballet dancer walked with a graceful attitude.”

  • Attitude (noun)

    Disposition or state of mind.

    “… but had a lazy attitude to work.”

  • Attitude (noun)

    A negative, irritating, or irritated attitude; posturing.

    “Don’t give me your attitude.”

    “You’ve got some attitude, girl!”

  • Attitude (noun)

    The orientation of a vehicle or other object relative to the horizon, direction of motion, other objects, etc.

    “The airliner had to land with a nose-up attitude after the incident.”

  • Attitude (noun)

    A position similar to arabesque, but with the raised leg bent at the knee.

  • Attitude (verb)

    To assume or to place in a particular position or orientation; to pose.

  • Attitude (verb)

    To express an attitude through one’s posture, bearing, tone of voice, etc.

  • Aptitude (noun)

    Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.


  • Aptitude (noun)

    The condition of being suitable.


  • Attitude (noun)

    a settled way of thinking or feeling about something

    “he was questioned on his attitude to South Africa”

    “being competitive is an attitude of mind”

  • Attitude (noun)

    a position of the body indicating a particular mental state

    “the boy was standing in an attitude of despair”

  • Attitude (noun)

    a position in which one leg is lifted behind with the knee bent at right angles and turned out, and the corresponding arm is raised above the head, the other extended to the side.

  • Attitude (noun)

    truculent or uncooperative behaviour

    “I asked the waiter for a clean fork and all I got was attitude”

  • Attitude (noun)

    individuality and self-confidence

    “she snapped her fingers with attitude”

  • Attitude (noun)

    the orientation of an aircraft or spacecraft, relative to the direction of travel.

Oxford Dictionary

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