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[out-stan-ding] /ˌaʊtˈstæn dɪŋ/

prominent; conspicuous; striking:
an outstanding example of courage.
marked by superiority or distinction; excellent; distinguished:
an outstanding student.
continuing in existence; remaining unsettled, unpaid, etc.:
outstanding debts.
(of securities and the like) publicly issued and sold or in circulation.
standing out; projecting:
a stiff, outstanding fabric.
Archaic. that resists or opposes.
superior; excellent; distinguished
prominent, remarkable, or striking
still in existence; unsettled, unpaid, or unresolved
(of shares, bonds, etc) issued and sold
projecting or jutting upwards or outwards

1610s, “projecting, prominent, detached,” present participle adjective from outstand (v.) “endure successfully, hold out against,” from out (adv.) + stand (v.). Figurative sense of “conspicuous, striking” is first recorded 1830. Meaning “unpaid, unsettled” is from 1797. Related: Outstandingly.


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