\ ˈstan(t)s How to pronounce stance (audio) \

Definition of stance

1 chiefly Scotland
a : station
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

Examples of stance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And China's tough stance on Covid-19 lockdowns is putting pressure on the world's second-largest economy. WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 What about taking a strong stance on automatic weapons and revising school safety plans to eliminate guns and senseless murder? Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 The British royal family has a tradition of staying as removed from policy affairs as possible, and to voice a neutral stance on potentially divisive political issues. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2022 The company turned the beauty industry on its head with a bold stance on inclusivity, offering 40 foundation shades without coaxing. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 9 Sep. 2022 In a new ad, Herschel Walker attacks Vice President Kamala Harris, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams over their stance on race. Alexandra Marquez, NBC News, 7 Sep. 2022 But anti-communist internationalism on the right also helps explain Reagan’s comparatively genial stance on immigration. Kim Phillips-fein, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2022 With the benefit of hindsight, as well as a review of the film, Whittingham’s stance Monday on the play had not changed since Saturday night. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 Pro-life groups have been sharply critical of O'Rourke's stance on the issue. Fox News, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Stance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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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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