Stance definition

stăns
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A position or point of view.
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The manner, posture, or pose in which one stands.

The fencer's stance showed he was ready to begin.

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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.

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One's opinion or point of view.

I don't agree with your stance on gun control.

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The attitude adopted in confronting or dealing with a particular situation.

A belligerent political stance.

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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.
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The attitude or position of a standing person or animal, especially the position assumed by an athlete preparatory to action.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
stance
Plural:
stances

Origin of stance

  • French position from Italian stanza from Vulgar Latin stantia from Latin stāns stant- present participle of stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via French, from Italian stanza (“standing place"), from Latin stāre (“to stand").

    From Wiktionary