Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of long duration or existence: a long-standing friendship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Describing something that has existed for a long time.
  • adj. Describing something that has been done for so long that it has become convention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. existing since a time in the distant past.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having existed for a long time

Etymologies

long + standing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Obama encouraged the government of Bahrain, which he called a "long-standing partner," to lead a "meaningful, inclusive, non-sectarian and responsive" dialogue with its people.

    Bahrainis Protest Outside Parliament

  • Debby formally sought therapy during and after college for what she called long-standing “eating disorders.”

    Clinical Work with Adolescents

  • Rawlings and Sivia, 49, were described as long-standing friends, with police saying the pair had known each other since they were teenagers.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • Asked to comment, an Apple spokesman referred to a long-standing policy as outlined by Chief Executive Steve Jobs last October.

    For Apple, a $76 Billion Dilemma

  • Gingrich plans to meet with reporters after the meeting, which Gingrich aides described as a long-standing chat about policy and insisted would not be to announce a White House run.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • After passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the basic charter, then the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we felt we had broken a long-standing deadlock and that the Senate could be persuaded to go further on issues of race and segregation.

    The Good Fight

  • But he also understood the argument for loyalty to a long-standing ally.

    The Good Fight

  • Lucas had a long-standing beef about coverage of his films and Jobs was just, well, Jobs - inaccessible unless it was a show he'd fully programmed himself.

    Phil Bronstein: Steve Jobs: No Longer Our Last Great Recluse

  • The debate over the use of the electrical wires for streetcars has centered on whether the lines violate a long-standing ban intended to preserve the appearance of the federal city.

    D.C. Wire: Council clears tracks for trolley cars

  • However, he did not enjoy the editorial policy of being heavily critical of union leaders with whom he had established long-standing relations.

    John Spicer obituary

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