from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by the principle of ‘standing pat.” See pat, adverb, 2.


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  • It also reiterated that the stand-pat decision leaves "considerable" monetary stimulus in place, consistent with achieving the 2% inflation target "in an environment of excess supply" in Canada.

    Canada Holds Rates Steady Nirmala Menon 2011

  • This is the eighth straight time the bank has kept to the sidelines, matching the stretch of stand-pat decisions when it pledged in April 2009 to hold the rate at a record low 0.25% through the middle of 2010 to stimulate the economy out of recession.

    Canada Leaves Rate Unchanged Nirmala Menon 2011

  • Has economic resilience survived — or given way to a stand-pat society?

    The Great Recession’s Aftermath 2010

  • An aging society could become a stand-pat society, protective of the status quo and resistant to change.

    The Great Recession’s Aftermath 2010

  • The latest stand-pat decision was predicted by all 12 economists at primary dealers of government securities surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires, a majority of whom also forecast the commitment to stay on hold to June would be reiterated.

    Canada Holds Key Rate Steady Nirmala Menon 2010

  • Part of my activism involved trying to get my union, and others in public transit TWU, Amalgamated et al. to take part in mass transit planning issues, not just stand-pat job protection but as a full member of the democratic system with a socially responsible program.

    Historic Preservation vs. Trade Unions sfmike 2009

  • Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said today that any nominated for the Republican ticket will have to break sharply with the Bush Administration: "If the Republicans run a stand-pat presidential candidate who ends up being on defense for all of September and October and who is seen by the country as representing four more years, the fact is that Republicans are not going to" win, Gingrich told the American Enterprise Institute.

    Happy Hour Roundup 2009

  • In politics, roughly there is a dividing line between the do-good group and the stand-pat variety.

    OpEdNews - Diary: What is the World Coming To? 2009

  • "But what we are not open to," she added tartly, "is a stand-pat, negative, nay-saying opposition that will not recognize the reality of the problem facing this country in both human and economic terms."

    The Clinton Solution 2008

  • From the American Revolution forward, stand-pat conservatism has again and again been routed by movements of democratic change that defined themselves in the language and values of Anglo-American liberal tradition.

    Walter Russell Mead: The Progressive Case For WASP Studies 2008


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