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  1. prominent; conspicuous; striking: an outstanding example of courage.
  2. marked by superiority or distinction; excellent; distinguished: an outstanding student.
  3. continuing in existence; remaining unsettled, unpaid, etc.: outstanding debts.
  4. (of securities and the like) publicly issued and sold or in circulation.
  5. standing out; projecting: a stiff, outstanding fabric.
  6. Archaic. that resists or opposes.
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Origin of outstanding

First recorded in 1605–15; outstand + -ing2
Related formsout·stand·ing·ly, adverbout·stand·ing·ness, noun


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1. eminent. 3. owing, due.
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Examples from the Web for outstandingly

Historical Examples

  • He was outstandingly brave at a time when the world was full of brave men.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner

    Coningsby Dawson

  • One thing became at once outstandingly certain to the unsophisticated reader.

    The Roof Tree

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Of course this is, in a measure, true in every field of investigation, but it is outstandingly true in psychical research.

  • What are the outstandingly significant sex differences which application of the above criterion leaves?

    Taboo and Genetics

    Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard

  • If upon further testing these third group plants proved to be outstandingly productive or hardy they were given a higher rating.

British Dictionary definitions for outstandingly


  1. superior; excellent; distinguished
  2. prominent, remarkable, or striking
  3. still in existence; unsettled, unpaid, or unresolved
  4. (of shares, bonds, etc) issued and sold
  5. projecting or jutting upwards or outwards
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Derived Formsoutstandingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for outstandingly



1610s, "projecting, prominent, detached," present participle adjective from outstand (v.) "endure successfully, hold out against," from out (adv.) + stand (v.). Figurative sense of "conspicuous, striking" is first recorded 1830. Meaning "unpaid, unsettled" is from 1797. Related: Outstandingly.

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