- upright; honorable; straightforward.
- of a fine, vigorous type.
- erect; erect and tall.
Origin of upstanding
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Examples from the Web for upstanding
Twitter seems to be the most upstanding in terms of privacy of its customers.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
Most corrections officers are upstanding and do not directly abuse inmates.Detention Worker Stands Up for Prisoners’ Rights
March 12, 2014
“I bet every one of those words was a stab directly in the heart,” says the upstanding official who asks not to be named.
Wildstein looks exactly like how an upstanding and non-political Port Authority official later described him.
Otherwise, Smith lived an upstanding life, raising her three children.Free Demaryius Thomas’s Mom After 14 Years on a Drug Charge
January 30, 2014
She stooped ever so slightly and touched the upstanding mop of his wavy hair.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The Earth-beam still swept the heavens like a stiff, upstanding sword.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
He was big and upstanding, with a look of honesty that Pen liked.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
It was there I first met him, and a fine, upstanding young officer he was.The Great Sioux Trail
The other has upstanding volutes of a heavy kind of foliage.The Cathedral Builders
- of good character
- upright and vigorous in build
- be upstanding
- (in a court of law) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet before the judge enters or leaves the court
- (at a formal dinner) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet for a toast
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Word Origin and History for upstanding
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper