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 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 Instability in financial markets and worries about the possibility of a global economic slowdown give the Bank of Canada another reason to stand pat this week, said BMO Capital Markets Chief Economist Doug Porter. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Bank of Canada Is Expected to Keep Interest Rates on Hold Amid Lower Crude-Oil Prices," 8 Jan. 2019 After taking everything into account, on the heels of a lengthy and productive film session that focused on effort, accountability and challenging one another to give more each night, Beilein felt the best move was to stand pat with his rotation. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers not ready to make lineup changes, staying with usual starting five for now," 22 Nov. 2019 Some tried to expand, some opted to stand pat, others got the boot. oregonlive, "CCO that claimed Portland hospitals conspired against it is barred from metro-area market," 12 Nov. 2019 Coming off 54 wins, tying their second-highest win total ever, the decision to stand pat was by design. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets turn to Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in NBA’s super duo era," 23 Oct. 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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