\ 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

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As on other issues, Mr Johnson’s stance is tricky to pin down. The Economist, "Britons are warming to immigration. Will their next prime minister?," 11 July 2019 The department’s stance could spark yet another fight between Democratic lawmakers and the administration that may result in a possible court fight. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "House Democrats Seek Closed-Door Testimony of Mueller Deputies," 9 July 2019 Corbyn’s supporters have dismissed the charges and allegations that the problem owes to Corbyn’s anti-Israel stance. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Three lawmakers leave British Labour party over anti-Semitism," 9 July 2019 But there are elements of a modern-day Ali in Rapinoe’s stance toward sports and social activism, to say nothing of her ability to turn the glare of publicity—much of it controversial—to her advantage. Grant Wahl,, "Unflappable. Unapologetic. Unequaled.," 8 July 2019 One of the organizers, Amber Ashley James, points out that Bacow’s stance is contradictory, as Harvard has indeed divested from tobacco, apartheid South Africa, and companies complicit in Darfur genocide. Nylah Burton, Essence, "Black Harvard Students Want The University To Divest From The Prison-Industrial Complex," 20 June 2019 But the government’s stance did not begin to shift until a smaller demonstration unfolded on Wednesday. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi," 15 June 2019 Reporter Emily Bamforth covers the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s ongoing study to find Northeast Ohio’s best bet at expanding its innovation economy as well at the GCP’s stance against Cuyahoga County’s ban on plastic bags., "Bill Mason returns, Cuyahoga County Council’s backward step, dueling tax cuts, Akram Boutros’ moving speech and what’s up with that earthquake -- This Week in the CLE," 13 June 2019 But Aniston’s stance on the idea actually hasn’t changed that much. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Jennifer Aniston Says None of Her Friends Costars 'Got Mad' About Her Reunion Comments," 11 June 2019

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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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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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