\ˈstan(t)s \

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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Perhaps this is the culmination of Trump's gradual move toward a more isolationist or even pro-Russian stance. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump is threatening the Western alliance. And Republicans have no will to stop him.," 13 July 2018 Two decades later, far-right populism has caught fire across Europe; in France and elsewhere, a number of politicians have taken anti-immigrant stances. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 There’s no neutral stance on oils; everyone has an opinion. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Now, allies of the White House say Mr. Grassley must take a more assertive stance, for example by setting a short window of time for document review, to get Judge Kavanaugh seated by October. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Senate’s First Skirmish Over Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh: How Quickly to Move," 11 July 2018 Zsa Zsa’s wide stance, teeth-exposing underbite and long tongue helped her beat 13 other pups. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Zsa Zsa, Winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, Dies Two Weeks After Being Crowned," 10 July 2018 On Monday, May assumed a similar stance, promising to challenge any attempt to oust her as prime minister, essentially girding for what’s being called the fight of her political life. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Theresa May Brexit, Serena Williams Mom Guilt, Ivanka Trump Tariffs: Broadsheet July 10th," 10 July 2018 Due to the controversial topic and alleged pro-life stance, the film, which is shooting outside of New Orleans, cloaked production under a fake name., "What We Know About Stacey Dash's Controversial Film About Roe v. Wade," 3 July 2018 In court Uber had taken a contrite and muted stance, promising to do more to provide support for riders and drivers, including launching a telephone hotline for passengers. The Economist, "Contrition wins the day for Uber in a big market," 28 June 2018

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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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