the position or bearing of the body while standing: legs spread in a wide stance; the threatening stance of the bull.
a mental or emotional position adopted with respect to something: They assumed an increasingly hostile stance in their foreign policy.
Sports. the relative position of the feet, as in addressing a golf ball or in making a stroke.

1525–35; < Old French estance (standing) position < Vulgar Latin *stantia, derivative of Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand Unabridged
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stance (stæns, stɑːns)
1.  the manner and position in which a person or animal stands
2.  sport the posture assumed when about to play the ball, as in golf, cricket, etc
3.  general emotional or intellectual attitude: a leftist stance
4.  (Scot) a place where buses or taxis wait
5.  mountaineering a place at the top of a pitch where a climber can stand and belay
[C16: via French from Italian stanza place for standing, from Latin stāns, from stāre to stand]

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Word Origin & History

1532, "standing place, station," probably from M.Fr. stance "resting place, harbor," from It. stanza "stopping place, station," from V.L. *stantia "place, abode," from L. stans (gen. stantis), prp. of stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "position
of the feet" (in golf, etc.) is first recorded 1897; fig. sense of "point of view" is recorded from 1956.
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Example sentences
One sign of the retrospective stance is a wave of reprints, notably a cluster
  of anniversary editions.
Check the websites of your favorite stores and brands to find out their stance.
His stance on climate change probably didn't help either.
Diplomats from other countries find this no-negotiation stance worrisome.
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