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outstanding

[out-stan-ding]
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adjective
  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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British Dictionary definitions for outstandingness

outstanding

adjective
  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 outstandingness

outstanding

adj.

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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