For it always means something contrarian, something contrary to what the people in a position of power thought it meant.
When you are in favor of it, however—and I have been very vocal about my support—that position defines you.
The most recent men to hold the position were Jon Arryn and Ned Stark (Sean Bean), both of whom met untimely ends.
In addition to that accusation, Peres was for a long time viewed as a politician interested only in furthering his own position.
To solve his (latest) problem with his own party, Romney suddenly “etch-a-sketched” his position to something else.
My own position at this period was embarrassing in the extreme.
He never moved from his one position on the floor; and the hours flew by unheeded.
Nobody was sure of him, and this cause augmented the difficulties of his position.
I might take advantage of your present position to get you to promise to marry me.
The accompanying cut shows one of their exhibits in position.
late 14c., as a term in logic and philosophy, from Old French posicion "position, supposition" (Modern French position), from Latin positionem (nominative positio) "act or fact of placing, situation, position, affirmation," noun of state from past participle stem of ponere "put, place," from PIE *po-s(i)nere, from *apo- "off, away" (see apo-) + *sinere "to leave, let" (see site).
Meaning "proper place occupied by a person or thing" is from 1540s. Meaning "manner in which some physical thing is arranged or posed" first recorded 1703; specifically in reference to dance steps, 1778, sexual intercourse, 1883. Meaning "official station, employment" is from 1890.
1670s, "to assume a position (intransitive), from position (n.). Transitive sense of "to put in a particular position" is recorded from 1817. Related: Positioned; positioning.
position po·si·tion (pə-zĭsh'ən)
A place occupied.
A bodily attitude or posture, especially a posture assumed by a patient to facilitate the performance of diagnostic, surgical, or therapeutic procedures.
The relation of an arbitrarily chosen portion of the fetus to the right or left side of the mother.