up·​stand·​ing | \ ˌəp-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce upstanding (audio) , ˈəp-ˌstan- \

Definition of upstanding

1 : erect, upright
2 : marked by integrity an upstanding businessman

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Other Words from upstanding

upstandingness noun

Examples of upstanding in a Sentence

upstanding members of the community a fine, upstanding woman who deserves to be nominated to the state's highest court
Recent Examples on the Web Your kids can be the most responsible upstanding citizens on either side of the Mississippi, but trusts can be a great safeguard. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Having the dark revelations come from seemingly upstanding members of the community is vital, especially today. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 It’s about an upstanding, decent, and hardworking character named Frank Grimes, who’s driven mad by Homer. Mike Sacks, The New Yorker, 2 May 2021 However, Carter was an upstanding player and citizen with the Kings. Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2021 The subjects present themselves as ordinary, upstanding Americans who share the same values, tastes and aspirations as their contemporaries. Janette Greenwood, The Conversation, 8 Mar. 2021 Landon asks Jamie out via her dad like a good, upstanding young man of faith, and actually secures permission. Emma Specter, Vogue, 19 Feb. 2021 Obviously, Biden should appoint more upstanding people than Barr. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2020 That was part of her story, building herself up to look like an upstanding, giving person. CBS News, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of upstanding

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Upstanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of upstanding

: honest and respectable
: standing straight up


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