up·​stand·​ing | \ˌəp-ˈstan-diŋ, ˈəp-ˌstan-\

Definition of upstanding 

1 : erect, upright

2 : marked by integrity an upstanding businessman

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upstandingness noun

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upstanding members of the community a fine, upstanding woman who deserves to be nominated to the state's highest court

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These are some of the most upstanding citizens on campus. Matthew Choi, star-telegram, "Guns chill free speech, UT Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court," 11 July 2018 The Filicudari rose up in protest, seeking to protect their reputation as friendly hosts to the generally upstanding citizens who traditionally liked to visit their shores. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 And Mr Lille, the shady French oil man, is the spitting image of Robert Pitman, the upstanding head of the institute’s work on transparent contracts. The Economist, "Fighting the resource curse through online gaming," 28 June 2018 There is nothing ambiguous about the situation, but since Miriam never pressed charges and Antoine is an otherwise upstanding fellow, the state in its wisdom decides that compromise is the fairest way forward. Xavier Legrand, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Custody,’ a Father Terrorizes His Family," 27 June 2018 That people of good will would rally behind upstanding citizens. Steven Lemongello,, "Fifty years later, RFK assassination still reverberates with Central Floridians," 4 June 2018 Lots of very upstanding individuals get paid by Fox News. Fox News, "Grenell: NKorea feels pressure of Trump's tough diplomacy," 26 May 2018 Men should be strong, upstanding members of society, responsible for everyone around them., "Iyanla: Fix My Life Is Proof That Sometimes Our Aunties Get It Wrong," 3 May 2018 The residents of this town appear to be upstanding enough, but a psychological plague is about to descend on them, destroying everything in its path. Kenneth Turan,, "Henri-Georges Clouzot’s chilly mystery 'Le Corbeau' shook occupied France 75 years ago," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of upstanding

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

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English Language Learners Definition of upstanding

: honest and respectable

: standing straight up


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