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Definition of stance

1 chiefly Scotland
b : site
2a : a way of standing or being placed : posture
b : intellectual or emotional attitude took an antiwar stance
3a : the position of the feet of a golfer or batter preparatory to making a swing
b : the position of both body and feet from which an athlete starts or operates

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Examples of stance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Diego city leaders took a symbolic stance Thursday against the possibility of federal law enforcement officers intervening in peaceful local protests — except if city officials request that help. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego council denounces federal intervention at peaceful local protests," 6 Aug. 2020 Based on feedback that the virus was highly contagious and had little chance of being contained to China, the fund took a defensive stance in early February as many equity markets like Australia’s charged toward all-time highs. Jackie Edwards,, "Hedge Fund Beats 98% of Peers With Australian Data Centers Bet," 6 Aug. 2020 The Free Press reached out to both Michigan and Michigan State on Monday about their stance on any potential unity group being formed in the Big Ten. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten players latest to form unity group. Here's what they're asking for," 5 Aug. 2020 After all, flaunting your political leanings across your mouth, as opposed to your chest, makes your stance on the election especially clear. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Shia LaBeouf’s Mask Comes With a Political Statement," 4 Aug. 2020 The senator told the Detroit Free Press his test result doesn't change his stance on how Whitmer has handled the pandemic. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Birx warns rural US; GOP Michigan lawmaker opposed to Whitmer's restrictions has COVID; stimulus negotiations resume," 3 Aug. 2020 Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has also faced criticism for his initial lackadaisical stance on the coronavirus pandemic. Fox News, "Mexico records third-highest coronavirus death rate globally, behind Brazil and US; sixth in reported cases," 2 Aug. 2020 Starbucks has been a longtime supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and has frequently been open about its stance on bettering race relations. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Starbucks to pause ads across social media platforms in effort to combat hate speech," 28 June 2020 Smith would respond to Lawrence through multiple tweets reaffirming his stance on Jones and defending First Take. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence responds to criticism of his stance on Jerry Jones’ silence," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of stance

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

History and Etymology for stance

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

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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stance

: a publicly stated opinion
: a way of standing


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Kids Definition of stance

: way of standing : posture … he positioned my body for the perfect ski stance.— Ann M. Martin, Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation

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