Definition of as it stands in English:

as it stands

phrase

  • 1In its present condition.

    ‘there are no merits in the Bill as it stands’
    • ‘The law as it stands puts the home-owner defending his property and the burglar violating it on exactly the same footing.’
    • ‘But the law as it stands also proposes to outlaw all smoking in theatres - including on the stage.’
    • ‘As it stands the movie is a waste of time.’
    • ‘The text as it stands unquestionably lacks many of the qualities that make its predecessors so great.’
    • ‘The scheme as it stands is a well considered response that pays enormous respect to the building.’
    1. 1.1 In the present circumstances.
      ‘the country would struggle, as it stands, to host the next World Cup’
      • ‘He speculates that, as things stand, the victims and the media are left to speculate on the precise motives of the perpetrators.’
      • ‘However, as things stand, works remain in copyright in the U.K. for 70 years after the death of their author.’
      • ‘But as things stand, it appears that we are still far from accepting to work together as political parties.’
      • ‘And it is certain that, as things stand, thousands of trade unionists - believing that Europe has nothing to offer them - will just not bother to vote at all.’
      • ‘But, as things stand, I am having to rely on my parents for financial assistance.’
      • ‘Whichever way one looks at it, there is no denying that as things stand now, the state of the liquor trading sector leaves much to be desired.’
      • ‘The problem is that, as things stand, it is often not until someone has had an accident that a potential problem with his or her driving is picked up.’
      • ‘Yet as things stand, a child removed from home and made a ward of the state often languishes, until the age of eighteen, in a foster care system based on temporary care.’
      • ‘He insists that, as things stand, he has no intention of leaving, but should Middlesbrough fail to come up with a better offer, he will have to.’
      • ‘I am awaiting an assessment of the injuries, but, as things stand, we are very depleted.’