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upstanding

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adjective up·stand·ing \ˌəp-ˈstan-diŋ, ˈəp-ˌ\

Simple Definition of upstanding

  • : honest and respectable

  • : standing straight up

Full Definition of upstanding

  1. 1 :  erect, upright

  2. 2 :  marked by integrity <an upstanding businessman>

up·stand·ing·ness noun

Examples of upstanding

  1. upstanding members of the community

  2. <a fine, upstanding woman who deserves to be nominated to the state's highest court>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of upstanding

before 12th century




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