up·​stand·​ing ˌəp-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce upstanding (audio)
: marked by integrity
an upstanding businessman
upstandingness noun

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of upstanding was before the 12th century

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“Upstanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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