stand·​pat | \ ˈstan(d)-ˈpat How to pronounce standpat (audio) \

Definition of standpat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: stubbornly conservative : resisting or opposing change

stand pat

stood pat; standing pat; stands pat

Definition of stand pat (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to play one's hand as dealt in draw poker without drawing
2 : to oppose or resist change

Other Words from standpat


standpatter \ ˈstan(d)-​ˌpa-​tər How to pronounce stand pat (audio) , -​ˈpa-​tər \ noun
standpattism \ ˈstan(d)-​ˌpa-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce stand pat (audio) \ noun

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If you stand pat in draw poker you're betting on the cards in your hand being better than any you're likely to draw. It didn't take long for stand pat to move from the poker table, where it first appeared in the late 1800s, to the realm of politics; by the early 20th century, to stand pat was to oppose any change in U.S. tariff policy. The term continues to be used mainly in U.S. English, where it's applied to everything from a coach's decision not to change out players during a game to a homeowner's decision not to refinance. The nouns standpatter ("one who resists or opposes change") and standpattism ("resistance to change" or "reluctance to take positive action") are also used, although generally only in political contexts.

Examples of standpat in a Sentence

Adjective the standpat chefs were having none of this low-calorie stuff that the food police were pushing
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If there is no team that presents a capable package for Durant, the organization will be best suited to stand pat and wait for an ultimatum. Gary Washburn,, 30 July 2022 But a representative for MLB told Robb Report that Shepherd’s departure wouldn’t necessarily mean Underbelly would stand pat. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 21 July 2022 There’s no way ownership will stand pat on a group that on paper will definitely be considered a playoff contender again next season. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2022 But Texas ultimately decided to stand pat, with the conference adding only Colorado and Utah. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 With Edmonds now moving on, Arizona could look to find a No.2 back behind Conner in free agency or next month’s draft or could stand pat. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2022 Unable to come to a unanimous decision on the structure and facing an impending deadline, the group chose to stand pat. Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to stand pat, though some economists now expect more rate hikes this year following pre-election spending plans outlined in the recent budget. Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 Executive vice president Artūras Karnišovas cited chemistry as a key factor in the front office’s decision to stand pat at the trade deadline Thursday, urging the team to focus on molding their roster. Julia Poe,, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of standpat


1904, in the meaning defined above


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for standpat


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“Standpat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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