\ 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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In Uxbridge and Ruislip, a leafy and fairly wealthy area of west London, Johnson’s hard-line stance is dividing opinions. Washington Post, "Brexit views split in Boris Johnson’s constituency," 6 Sep. 2019 An altercation with police caught on camera further sustains Muhammad’s stance against biased law enforcement with unchecked privileges to dehumanize. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?’ relays African American anger," 5 Sep. 2019 But Labour’s stance underscores that the backdrop to everything in British politics is a sense that a general election is looming, with key players maneuvering for the most advantageous moment. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Brexit Vote Goes Against Boris Johnson, and He Calls for an Election," 3 Sep. 2019 But Labour’s stance underscores that the backdrop to everything in British politics is a sense that a general election is looming, with key players maneuvering for the most advantageous moment. Stephen Castle,, "Johnson loses Brexit vote, as lawmakers rebel," 3 Sep. 2019 As scholars have pointed out, Beijing’s stance became far more strident after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989, when nationalism started to be one of the leading ideologies with which the party maintained its governing legitimacy. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu," 2 Sep. 2019 Japanese public opinion is not yet vocally anti-Korean, but a majority of Japanese voters support the government’s stance. The Economist, "An old grudge between Japan and South Korea is getting out of hand," 29 Aug. 2019 While certainly not a definitive statement on who will replace Jill Ellis, Markgraf’s stance was encouraging news for anyone who wants to see the Utah Royals’ Laura Harvey—the most prominent female candidate for the job—named as the next WNT coach. Grant Wahl,, "Questions Still Linger Around U.S. Soccer Despite Reorganization of Technical Staff," 12 Aug. 2019 Oddly, the film almost could be read as taking Atkins’s stance. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 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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