Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Standing erect or upright.
  • adjective Morally upright; honest.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having an erect and vigorous body.
  • Standing well up from the ground; having comparatively long legs and an erect carriage: said of horses, pigeons, and other domesticated animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective honest; reputable; respectable
  • adjective standing up
  • verb Present participle of upstand.

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

  • adjective meriting respect or esteem

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From up- +‎ standing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From upstand.

Examples

  • And then for the people to exploit it under the guise of being morally upstanding is disgusting — and it embarrassed me because I was a part of it.

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  • Rydstrom was known as upstanding and good, Sabine as treacherous and evil.

    Kiss of a Demon King

  • Rydstrom was known as upstanding and good, Sabine as treacherous and evil.

    Kiss of a Demon King

  • Rydstrom was known as upstanding and good, Sabine as treacherous and evil.

    Kiss of a Demon King

  • “But I have to say he did tip well, whereas a lot of so-called upstanding citizens are too cheap to throw a starving dog a bone.”

    Betrayed

  • “But I have to say he did tip well, whereas a lot of so-called upstanding citizens are too cheap to throw a starving dog a bone.”

    Betrayed

  • Rod Blagojevich has exhibited little of what we would call upstanding character to date in the Illinois Senator-appointment controversy, it's worth driving home the point that this guy is no defender of the oppressed, or minority communities for that matter.

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  • Rod Blagojevich has exhibited little of what we would call upstanding character to date in the Illinois Senator-appointment controversy, it's worth driving home the point that this guy is no defender of the oppressed, or minority communities for that matter.

    The NarcoSphere -

  • Rod Blagojevich has exhibited little of what we would call upstanding character to date in the Illinois Senator-appointment controversy, it's worth driving home the point that this guy is no defender of the oppressed, or minority communities for that matter. little-noticed case still pending in U.S.

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  • Rod Blagojevich has exhibited little of what we would call upstanding character to date in the Illinois Senator-appointment controversy, it's worth driving home the point that this guy is no defender of the oppressed, or minority communities for that matter.

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