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for the guidance and government of parliamentary procedure which endure through successive sessions until vacated or repealed

Example Sentences

She placed a standing order for fresh flowers every week. They were on standing orders never to leave the prisoner unattended.
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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standing order was in 1702

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“Standing order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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