Definition of standing order in English:

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standing order


1British An instruction to a bank by an account holder to make regular fixed payments to a particular person or organization.
Example sentences
  • The staff, whose role is to deal with queries arising from bank accounts such as standing orders and direct debits, are predominantly part-time women whose wages are vital to the family income.
  • I'm charged for having an unauthorised overdraft when my bank takes a standing order payment on a Sunday but I cannot pay in the corresponding credit until the next working day.
  • Set up a monthly standing order from your bank account to your card for this flat amount.
2British An order for a commodity placed on a regular basis with a retailer such as a newsagent.
Example sentences
  • Can I add items from the website to my standing order?
  • You can order a single copy or arrange an ongoing standing order.
  • If you have a standing order for this series, you will NOT automatically receive this volume; you will need to specifically order it.
3An order or ruling governing the procedures of a parliament or other society or council.
Example sentences
  • The EP's Rules of Procedure, the standing orders of the Parliament, set numerical criteria for group formation.
  • The Scottish parliament standing orders help cage its backbenchers.
  • The standing orders of the German parliament expressly prescribe that each parliamentary faction is entitled to fill a post of deputy president.
4A military order or ruling that is retained irrespective of changing conditions.
Example sentences
  • The soldiers carried with them CDF standing orders outlining the conditions under which a soldier might shoot.
  • 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.

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