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Via French, from Italian stanza(standing place), from Latin stāre(to stand).



stance ‎(plural stances)

  1. The manner, posture, or pose in which one stands.
    The fencer’s stance showed he was ready to begin.
  2. One’s opinion or point of view.
    I don’t agree with your stance on gun control.
    • 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in the Guardian[1]:
      His stance as being against the world of finance and his proposal of a 75% tax on incomes over €1m (£817,000) was approved by a majority in polls. He was convinced that his more measured, if ploddingly serious, style would win out with an electorate tired of Sarkozy's bling and frenetic policy initiatives.
  3. (Scotland) A station; a position; a site; a stopping place for buses at a bus station
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  4. (obsolete) A stanza.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)



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