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[lawng-stan-ding, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈstæn dɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ-/

existing or occurring for a time:
a longstanding feud.
existing or in effect for a long time

also long-standing, c.1600 (n.), 1814 (adj.), from long (adj.) + standing.


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