chiefly Scotland
: site
: a way of standing or being placed : posture
: intellectual or emotional attitude
took an antiwar stance
: the position of the feet of a golfer or batter preparatory to making a swing
: the position of both body and feet from which an athlete starts or operates

Examples of stance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In October, a federal jury in Kansas City challenged this stance and found that the association and several brokerages had purposefully inflated real estate commissions and ordered them to pay $1.8 billion. Nick Rosenberger, Idaho Statesman, 15 Apr. 2024 Under Marcos, the Philippines has adopted a more assertive stance in the South China Sea where clashes with Chinese vessels have been increasing in the past year. TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is taking a hard stance on toxic forever chemicals. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2024 In February, the Animation Guild — a local of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — reportedly emerged as the first Hollywood union to publicly call for a cease-fire, citing similar stances taken by other labor organizations. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Clearly, Ro has changed his stance based on pressure from the party. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 Defendants still awaiting trial could take tougher stances with prosecutors in plea talks if the Supreme Court takes the charge off the table. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 Films that support the BJP’s stance are often given tax breaks at the box office and get shoutouts from government ministers. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2024 The deaths of the WCK workers prompted the Biden administration to seemingly shift its stance on Israel's campaign against Hamas. Meghan Mistry, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Middle English stance, staunce, from Middle French estance position, posture, stay, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *stantia, from Latin stant-, stans, present participle of stare to stand

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stance was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stance. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a way of standing or being placed : posture
a soldier with an erect stance
: a way of thinking or feeling
took an opposing stance on the issue

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