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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adjective: Refusing to consider change in one's beliefs and opinions, especially in politics.
noun: One who refuses to consider change.
In a game of poker, to stand pat is to play one's hand as dealt, without drawing other cards. From pat (apt). Earliest documented use: 1910.
"This activism, rather than Mr Harper's standpat response, resonates with the average Canadian, says Nik Nanos, a pollster."
Please Have the Decency to Panic; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 11, 2008.
See more usage examples of standpat in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it makes us vain, in fact, of our modesty. -Louis Kronenberger, writer (1904-1980)