stance

noun
\ 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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From trade to security to environmentalism, the Trump administration has taken an aggressive stance toward the Chinese government. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates's Experimental Nuclear Power Plant Halts Construction in China," 2 Jan. 2019 Facebook’s stance on this issue is that regulating political advertising is the job of the government, not the tech platform. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook political ad tools are ripe for trolling," 1 Nov. 2018 His advocacy as governor for marijuana legalization, beginning in 1999 when the stance was unpopular, still provides a political calling card — one that Johnson says speaks to his honesty regardless of political consequences. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "Libertarian says Trump, Democrats need a swing-vote senator," 9 Oct. 2018 The asbestos company focused on this supportive stance in a post accompanying the pictures. Eli Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Asbestos sold by Russian company is branded with Trump's face," 11 July 2018 This stance has allowed the company to encourage employees to follow their own instincts. Fortune, "NVIDIA," 26 June 2018 And under the leadership of Sundar Pichai, Google seems to be softening its hardline stance. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google employees demand that Google stop work on censored Chinese search," 27 Nov. 2018 Rivian’s truck is a smidge taller than both, too, measuring 71.5 inches to the Ranger’s 70.7-inch height or the Tacoma’s 70.6-inch stance. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers," 26 Nov. 2018 And recent comments from Victoria’s Secret Executive Ed Razek have made the company’s stance very clear to customers: No fat folk allowed. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Former Victoria's Secret Shoppers React to Ed Razek's 'Fatphobic' Comments," 16 Nov. 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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stance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stance

: a publicly stated opinion

: a way of standing

stance

noun
\ ˈstans \

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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