Definition of standing order in US English:

standing order


  • 1An order or ruling governing the procedures of a society, council, or other deliberative body.

    • ‘He said if the plans were approved, Sutton's Conservative councillors will call the decision in for further scrutiny by requisitioning it under council standing orders.’
    • ‘Coun Richard Allen said that under the council's standing orders any schemes costing more than £2,500 had to go out to tender for rival estimates.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It is the credit card financing of public health and we want the council to suspend its standing orders to debate it.’’
    • ‘Under the council's standing orders, a candidate needs a two-thirds majority or, in this case, five votes out of eight to be co-opted.’
    • ‘There were heated exchanges over the investigation at Monday's Co. Council meeting where standing orders were suspended at beginning of the meeting to discuss the probe and the job losses at Waterford Crystal.’
    • ‘The council suspended standing orders to allow speakers for the two groups address the meeting.’
    • ‘However, he admitted that the desire to be able to dismiss the governor was taken into consideration when the committee was deciding to revise the council's standing orders.’
    • ‘Your council's standing orders may also require you to withdraw from the meeting while the matter is discussed.’
    • ‘The EP's Rules of Procedure, the standing orders of the Parliament, set numerical criteria for group formation.’
    • ‘Adopt a standing order which says that Council will not take a ratepayer to court without the consent of full Council.’
    • ‘There's no question that secret split voting is legal under Parliament's standing orders; the problem is that this lack of transparency undermines democratic accountability.’
    • ‘The Scottish parliament standing orders help cage its backbenchers.’
    • ‘‘Earlier this year we attempted to have a provision to allow secret meetings excluded from the standing orders of Sligo Borough Council,’ said a spokesperson for the group.’
    • ‘The standing orders of the German parliament expressly prescribe that each parliamentary faction is entitled to fill a post of deputy president.’
    • ‘For example, the agenda and standing orders for state council are now publicly available.’
    • ‘Indeed, he had wanted to address that night's meeting, but council standing orders prevented him from doing so.’
    • ‘However, John McGinley, the Labour leader on Kildare County Council, yesterday responded by saying that Ms Murphy was well aware of the council's standing orders.’
    • ‘He said the issue emerged during the deliberation of amendments to the City Council's standing orders, a process which is still underway.’
    • ‘The Human Rights Foundation - in an excellent submission to the Select Committee - says the government in fact is subverting parliamentary standing orders and conventions in the way it is handling the Bill.’
    • ‘There was a great deal of heated debate, and town clerk Graham Gittins was accused of failing in his duty to advise the council of their own standing orders.’
  • 2A military order or ruling that is retained irrespective of changing conditions.

    • ‘The soldiers carried with them CDF standing orders outlining the conditions under which a soldier might shoot.’
    • ‘The standing order was not to leave your position unless ordered to.’
    • ‘There were standing orders not to salute officers in the field, since snipers generally tried to shoot those they saw being saluted.’
    • ‘On Thursday, an Air Force commander testified that Maj Schmidt and Maj Umbach had received standing orders warning that allied troops would intermittently use live ammunition.’
    • ‘If a nation had concerns about troop buildup on its border, it could put in a standing order for the satellite to take pictures every time it passed over the border.’
    • ‘He said the Ciskei Defence Force standing orders specified the use of minimum force whenever soldiers had to fire.’
    • ‘The standing orders regarding the search and its ambit come from the performer-in-chief, who coordinates them with the supervisor of studies.’
    • ‘We have an environmental officer who looks after road movement and any restrictions placed on us by range control and ensures that we comply with range standing orders.’
    • ‘The unit became an independent force, answering directly to MG Groves, going wherever necessary in the European theater, and overriding all standing orders.’
    • ‘With a few allowances made for modern technology, his standing orders are still highly relevant today.’


standing order

/ˌstændɪŋ ˈɔrdər//ˌstandiNG ˈôrdər/