Meaning of “stance” in the English Dictionary

"stance" in British English

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stancenoun [ C ]

uk /stɑːns/ us /stæns/

stance noun [ C ] (OPINION)

C2 a way of thinking about something, especially expressed in a publicly stated opinion:

The doctor's stance on the issue of abortion is well known.

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  • The leader's aggressive stance seems to have foreclosed any chance of diplomatic compromise.
  • Craig doesn't have a car as a part of his anti-consumerist stance.
  • There have been repeated calls for the president to moderate his stance on contraception.
  • The UN called on all parties in the conflict to take a positive stance towards the new peace initiative.
  • Would you say the government's stance on law and order has softened?

(Definition of “stance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stance" in American English

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stancenoun [ C ]

us /stæns/

stance noun [ C ] (OPINION)

an opinion about something, esp. one that is publicly expressed:

The governor’s stance on the issue of tax cuts is well known.

stance noun [ C ] (WAY OF STANDING)

a way of standing:

He had the stance of a baseball player focusing on the ball.

(Definition of “stance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stance" in Business English

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stancenoun [ C ]

uk /stæns/ us

a particular way of thinking about something, especially when those opinions are expressed publicly or officially:

an ethical/fiscal/moral stance
a stance against/on/towards sth The government took a tough stance against terrorism.
adopt/take a stance
an aggressive/defensive/tough stance

FINANCE the way in which investors behave that shows whether or not they are confident about the profit they can make:

Fund managers can take a defensive stance in times of market uncertainty.
a bearish/bullish stance

(Definition of “stance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)