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

Adjective the standpat chefs were having none of this low-calorie stuff that the food police were pushing
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Odds last updated at 10:00 a.m. ET. Prediction Raptors 117, Pacers 112 Both teams stood pat at Thursday’s trade deadline. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers odds, picks and best bets," 7 Feb. 2020 Indiana, Toronto, and Milwaukee each stood pat like the Celtics. Gary Washburn,, "With trade deadline passing, nothing has changed for the Celtics, who are still among the favorites to win the East," 6 Feb. 2020 Instead, the Spurs stood pat at the deadline for the sixth season in a row. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs stay quiet at trade deadline," 6 Feb. 2020 Michigan mostly stood pat after December, adding a January commitment from four-star cornerback Darion Green-Warren (who silently signed in December). Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "National signing day doesn't change Big Ten recruiting rankings: Ohio State still No. 1," 5 Feb. 2020 That didn’t mean that pharma stood pat; companies just waited a few extra days or weeks in many cases before pushing through new hikes. Washington Post, "Trump’s Bully Pulpit Didn’t Stop Drug-Price Hikes," 4 July 2019 Jackson and the defense stood pat for nearly the entire second half until Humboldt’s Liban Farah scored with 29 seconds left in the game. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "High school adapted soccer: Dakota United tops Humboldt for PI state title," 23 Nov. 2019 The Eagles’ defense stood pat over the next 20 minutes, holding against a smaller but talented IHSLP team. Justin Fitzgerald,, "Boys Soccer: Francis Scott Key one win away from Class 1A state championship," 8 Nov. 2019 Tampa Bay didn’t stand pat last summer, adding players such as backup goalie Curtis McElhinney, gritty forward Patrick Maroon and puck-moving defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Lightning coach Jon Cooper calls his shot: Tampa Bay ready to win again," 27 Nov. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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