standing order


Definition of standing order

: an instruction or prescribed procedure in force permanently or until changed or canceled especially : any of the rules for the guidance and government of parliamentary procedure which endure through successive sessions until vacated or repealed

Examples of standing order in a Sentence

She placed a standing order for fresh flowers every week. They were on standing orders never to leave the prisoner unattended.
Recent Examples on the Web The state has also implemented a standing order making nicotine replacement therapies a covered benefit through insurance, without requiring an individual prescription., "Amid vaping ban, a quiet club of nicotine addicts may add members - The Boston Globe," 16 Oct. 2019 The declaration also issued a standing order to Massachusetts pharmacies to make nicotine gum, patches and lozenges coverable by insurance even if a customer doesn’t have a prescription. Steph Solis,, "Vapor Technology Association planning to sue Massachusetts over temporary vape ban," 27 Sep. 2019 The plan is to ask Mr Bercow for an emergency debate under standing order 24 and use this to follow the precedent of the Cooper-Letwin bill that was passed in March. The Economist, "Boris Johnson suspends Parliament, causing uproar," 29 Aug. 2019 MPs might also need to suspend standing order 48, which says only a minister may propose acts costing public money. The Economist, "Boris Johnson suspends Parliament, causing uproar," 29 Aug. 2019 Any group that gets naloxone from a pharmacy is asked to notify DOH, which will keep a list of organizations and notify them of changes to the standing order. Ryan Blethen, Anchorage Daily News, "Anyone in Washington state can now obtain naloxone, the opioid overdose medication," 29 Aug. 2019 The news agency quoted the official as saying there is a standing order to negotiate the return of dissidents peacefully, which gives negotiators the authority to act without going back to the leadership. NBC News, "U.S. citizens and other Westerners caught up in Saudi Arabia's fierce crackdown on dissenters," 29 July 2019 Texas Senate Bill 1462 took effect on Sept. 1, 2015 allowing doctors to write a standing order allowing anyone to get the drug. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty-Dayton RMC hopes to stem opioid crisis in Liberty County," 25 June 2019 As of now, Jack & Ben’s has a standing order, so the cookies are there to stay! Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Where to Find Monster Cookies From Elizabeth Chambers' Bird Bakery," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of standing order

1702, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

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“Standing order.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of standing order

: an order or procedure that continues to be followed until it is changed or canceled

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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