Definitions

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

  • adj. Opposed or resistant to change; stubbornly conservative.

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  • adj. old-fashioned and out of date

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Examples

  • "When a standpat Republican politician abandons a lifetime of party regularity at 70 to come out in hearty praise of a Democratic President," the paper noted, "it is time for connoisseurs of the unusual to stand by and take notes."

    Greg Mitchell: Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Upton Sinclair Fights Back Against Hollywood Scare Tactics

  • His half-cocked smile and his standpat spurs really jingle my jangle.

    The Top Five Reasons I'd Boff Dick Cheney

  • By contrast, Bush's pitch is standpat: rely on business to create jobs; resist higher government spending.

    BOTTOM LINE ON THE ISSUES

  • Indeed, a “constitution” gave preferred membership status to those “who have accepted standpat dogmas.”

    The Mad Among Us

  • Clark, and Harmon, just how they felt about the efforts of the New York delegation, led by the Tammany boss, Charlie Murphy, and the conservative element of the Democratic party in the East, to control the Convention and to give it the most conservative and standpat appearance by controlling the preliminary organization and nominating Alton B. Parker as temporary chairman.

    Woodrow Wilson as I Know Him

  • Woodrow Wilson, college professor, man of mystery, political recluse, the nominee of the most standpat Democratic convention of many years, had been chosen the leader of the people of the state by the unprecedented majority of 39,000, and was wearing the laurels of victory.

    Woodrow Wilson as I Know Him

  • In other words, we ought to accept these speeches charging incompetency and inefficiency as a challenge, and call the attention of the country to the fact that the leadership of the Republican party is still reactionary and standpat, laying particular emphasis on what the effect in Europe would be of a divided leadership at this time.

    Woodrow Wilson as I Know Him

  • The standpat temper of those business men who argue that their business is entirely their own private concern would make impossible any policy of wage settlement that did not throw the balance of industrial power in their hands.

    The Settlement of Wage Disputes

  • “No, this is a business matter,” the insinuating gentleman went on, and then he proceeded to show that about twenty-five thousand subscribers could be obtained if the publication preached orthodox standpat doctrine.

    The Life and Letters of Walter H Page

  • Woodrow Wilson, college professor, man of mystery, political recluse, the nominee of the most standpat Democratic convention of many years, had been chosen the leader of the people of the state by the unprecedented majority of

    Woodrow Wilson as I know Him

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