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

Definition of upstanding

2 : marked by integrity an upstanding businessman

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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 The other is Bacon (Akron Watson), the upstanding proprietor of the local funeral home where Turquoise works part-time as a makeup artist. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Miss Juneteenth Is a Mother-Daughter Drama Filled With Moments of Searing Beauty," 19 June 2020 Neither of which means anything to the horrific new engine, which affects the Suburban in strange and scary ways, ways that furrow the brows and tighten the lips of any upstanding suburbanite. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Builds a 1994 GMC Suburban That Hits 60 In 4.6 Seconds," 25 May 2020 But those upstanding Republican leaders need to be introspective at times like this. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Bravo to GOP leaders for denouncing 'Hitler's Germany' comments. But why the Republican silence at other times?," 24 Apr. 2020 So prized were the fruits of his labors that an otherwise upstanding neighbor became a cantaloupe thief. New York Times, "A Plan to Reconnect a Town in Quarantine: 10,000 Onions," 15 Apr. 2020 In a luxury class where the German mainstays all do proper and upstanding things like exude confidence and project stately reserve, the Quattroporte is a wild, seductive design. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 Is Not Special Enough," 21 Apr. 2020 The implication, of course, is that there were times when one of the best, proudest, most upstanding coaches in the league actually embraced losing, or at least found a way to accept it. Mike Finger,, "Facing long odds, Spurs not ready to tank yet," 26 Feb. 2020 John Brown, his scoutmaster, a supposedly upstanding man in his small upstate New York town, molested him regularly. The Economist, "Scout’s (dis)honour The Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid child-abuse lawsuits," 20 Feb. 2020 Fred was the show’s moral compass and a steady source of support for Archie, a character often torn between his upstanding nature and his impulsive tendencies. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How ‘Riverdale’ addressed Luke Perry’s untimely death," 10 Oct. 2019

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of upstanding

: honest and respectable
: standing straight up


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