1 position in which sb stands
correct, good
defensive, fighting
narrow, wide (both esp. AmE)
batting, three-point (both AmE, sports)

He lines up in a three-point stance and rushes quarterbacks.

adopt, assume (esp. AmE), get into (AmE), go into (AmE), take up

The boxer took up a fighting stance.

adjust, change

Williams has adjusted his stance and swing.

keep, maintain
in a stance

She stood in a defensive stance.

stance of

a stance of deliberate contempt

2 attitude
critical, negative, oppositional (esp. AmE)
aggressive, firm, hard-line, hawkish, rigid, strong, tough, uncompromising
proactive (esp. AmE)

Lawmakers should take a proactive stance to protect these animals.

ethical, ideological, moral, political
official, public

Her public stance was much tougher than her private feelings on the subject.

adopt, assume (esp. AmE), make, take
alter, change, shift, soften

the country maintained a neutral stance during the war.

stance against

The state has adopted a hard-line stance against abortion.

stance on, stance towards/toward

He has changed his stance on immigration.

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