\ 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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Three Democrats vying to become Arizona's next governor staked out stances on immigration Tuesday that contrast sharply with sitting Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Melissa Daniels, azcentral, "Democratic governor hopefuls debate ed funding, AZ's ties with Mexican state of Sonora," 11 July 2018 Bryant never changed her stance on gay rights, but her political influence and career both dissolved in the subsequent years. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 At the time, Democrats and even Republican opponents criticized Goldwater as an extremist, arguing that his stance against the Soviet Union would lead the US to nuclear war. Emily Williams,, "What is the ‘Goldwater rule’?," 6 July 2018 The judge, who is Catholic, has had a history of conservative stances on reproductive rights, as seen in her writing. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "Would Amy Coney Barrett Vote Against Roe v. Wade? Trump's SCOTUS Frontrunner Is Resolute," 5 July 2018 Like Harris, Sanders may change his stance on both ICE and how much Trump officials really deserve fancy enchiladas while locking up children. Luke Darby, GQ, "What the Hell, Bernie Sanders?," 28 June 2018 Verizon's stance is particularly notable because the company holds the specific kind of location records that were at issue in the case. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Supreme Court Just Greatly Strengthened Digital Privacy," 22 June 2018 Whether or not Mattis or other defense leaders will change their stance now that Trump is asking the Pentagon to create a new Space Force is not clear. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Trump Calls on Pentagon to Create Military Space Force," 18 June 2018 Later, Bourdain admitted being in awe of his friend, Andrés, who put his business in the crosshairs over his stance against the president. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "'He is my hero.' Bourdain praised close friend during controversial Miami appearance," 8 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


\ 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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