stance noun

1 position in which sb stands

ADJ. correct, good | natural | rigid | relaxed | upright | defensive, fighting

VERB + STANCE adopt, take up The boxer took up a fighting stance. | change | keep, maintain

PREP. in a ~ He lounged in an armchair in a stance of deliberate contempt.

2 attitude

ADJ. positive | critical, negative | impartial, neutral | aggressive, hardline, rigid, tough, uncompromising | cautious | conservative | radical | ideological, moral, political | public Her public stance was much tougher than her private feelings on the subject.

VERB + STANCE adopt, take (up) | alter, change | maintain The wife of the accused has maintained an impartial stance throughout the trial.

PREP. ~ against The president has adopted a hardline stance against abortion. | ~ on/towards He has changed his stance on monetary union.