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for the guidance and government of parliamentary procedure which endure through successive sessions until vacated or repealed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 Without a public health emergency in place, Indiana would also need to change state law to allow the state health commissioner to write a standing order that would allow for children 5 and older to receive the vaccine outside doctors' offices. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Nov. 2021 My doctor has given me a standing order for urinalysis and culture to determine the infection, and prescriptions for an antibiotic to start when needed until the proper source is found. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 Oct. 2021 Because of a standing order from the state surgeon general, Floridians don’t need a doctor’s prescription to get the treatment. Skyler Swisher,, 15 Oct. 2021 Inevitably some new technology will upend the standing order and the time of the carrier, like all weapons, will come to an end. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 24 Sep. 2021 The vaccine mandate does not apply to jurors, grand jurors, non-professional witnesses in criminal cases and criminal defendants, according to the standing order. Alex Mann,, 28 Aug. 2021 However, there is currently a standing order in Florida signed by the State Surgeon General that allows patients to receive this treatment from a health care provider without a prescription or referral. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 18 Aug. 2021 Those who have tested positive can schedule an appointment on, and a prescription is not necessary following state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees’ standing order last week. Steven Lemongello,, 16 Aug. 2021 Her message—an increasingly strident condemnation of all the local clergy except Cotton—only exacerbated her challenge to the standing order. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of standing order

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standing order was in 1702

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“Standing order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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

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