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

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
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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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