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

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Other Words from standpat


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


the standpat chefs were having none of this low-calorie stuff that the food police were pushing

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The Bank of Thailand had raised the benchmark rate in December, the first change since a cut in April 2015, but stood pat in March. ... Saurabh Chaturvedi, WSJ, "Bank of Thailand Keeps Benchmark Rate Unchanged at 1.75%," 8 May 2019 And, more important, the 2% yield on cash is now on par with the Fed's favorite measure of consumer inflation, which stood pat at 2% in April vs. a year ago. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "How to find best interest rates on CDs, savings accounts," 5 June 2018 TD Bank economist Brian DePratto said Friday’s jobs report doesn’t change his view that the central bank will stand pat during the first three months of 2019. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canadian Job Growth Surged in November," 7 Dec. 2018 Morey certainly isn’t the type of general manager to stand pat, but bringing back all of his key players while adding talent is going to be a tricky balancing act. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Rockets May Not Get A Better Chance to Beat the Warriors," 29 May 2018 The Nationals traded away reliever Brandon Kintzler but otherwise stood pat at the deadline. Charles Odum, The Seattle Times, "Gausman helps Braves ‘hit all the boxes’ for NL East push," 31 July 2018 Even if Merck stands pat, Elanco’s strong debut suggests animal health will continue to be an investor’s best friend. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Animal-Health Stocks Will Continue to Shine," 24 Sep. 2018 That would not have been the case if Brett Brown and his front office had elected to draft Bridges and stand pat. David Murphy,, "How much value does the Sixers' newly acquired first-round draft pick have? More than you might think | David Murphy," 22 June 2018 And so by standing pat, Joyner’s looking at either $11.287 million and free agency in March or almost $25 million over two years, then free agency in 2020. Albert Breer,, "The Kirk Cousins Effect," 28 June 2018

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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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