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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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

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Homophobic laws and politics tactics forced LGBT people to hide themselves—while at the same time, police agencies and conservative groups spread fears that predatory gays were hidden among upstanding citizens. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How Stonewall Reversed a Long History of Justifying Police Surveillance," 29 June 2019 With the arrival of Roger Ailes, a world of heretofore upstanding devotees to the highest journalistic principles had all been brought to their knees, forced to cast off every qualm of conscience. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Loudest Voice’ Review: A Fox in the Hen House," 27 June 2019 But drug companies win no points for upstanding behavior. David Lazarus,, "They're called 'co-pay accumulators,' and they're a way insurers make you pay more for meds," 27 Apr. 2018 There are no villains here, just upstanding civil servants. George Melloan, WSJ, "‘The Fifth Risk’ Review: Managing the Unmanageable," 1 Oct. 2018 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

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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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