- The definition of stance is the position taken on an issue, the beliefs held about something, or the way a person stands or holds themselves.
- When you have an absolute no tolerance policy for lying, this is an example of a strong stance on lying.
- When you stand firm and tall, this is an example of a stance.
stance definition by Webster's New World
- the way a person or animal stands; standing posture, with special reference to placement of the feet, as the posture of a golfer, baseball batter, etc.
- ☆ the attitude adopted in confronting or dealing with a particular situation: a belligerent political stance
Origin: Old French estance ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form stantia ; from Classical Latin stans (gen. stantis), present participle of stare, to stand
stance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The attitude or position of a standing person or animal, especially the position assumed by an athlete preparatory to action. See Synonyms at posture.
- Mental posture; point of view: “Peru … has also toughened its stance toward foreign investors” (Abraham F. Lowenthal).
Origin: French, position, from Italian stanza, from Vulgar Latin *stantia, from Latin stāns, stant-, present participle of stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.