Your stance is your posture or the way you stand. Figuratively, if you take a stance against bullying, you are standing against it.

If you take a stance on a contentious issue, it means you believe strongly about it one way or the other. If your stance is unpopular, you'll need some courage to speak your mind. The word comes from the Italian stanza which means stopping place. Your stance is something that's not likely to change. You have stopped there, your decision is made. You're done.

Definitions of stance
  1. noun
    a rationalized mental attitude
    synonyms: position, posture
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    hard line
    a firm and uncompromising stance or position
    point of view, stand, standpoint, viewpoint
    a mental position from which things are viewed
    a viewpoint toward a city or other heavily populated area
    an extensive mental viewpoint
    angle, slant
    a biased way of looking at or presenting something
    a point of view or general attitude or inclination
    type of:
    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  2. noun
    standing posture
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    the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball
    a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review
    erectness, uprightness
    the property of being upright in posture
    type of:
    attitude, position, posture
    the arrangement of the body and its limbs
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