Up-standing

upstanding

[uhp-stan-ding]
adjective
1.
upright; honorable; straightforward.
2.
of a fine, vigorous type.
3.
erect; erect and tall.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English upstandende; see up-, stand, -ing2

upstandingness, noun
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upstanding (ʌpˈstændɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  of good character
2.  upright and vigorous in build
3.  be upstanding
 a.  (in a court of law) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet before the judge enters or leaves the court
 b.  (at a formal dinner) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet for a toast
 
up'standingness
 
n

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upstanding
O.E., in the literal sense, from up + standing (see stand (v.)). Fig. sense of "honest" is attested from 1863.
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