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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Standing

Meaning of Standing

In a technical sense, it is the capacity of a party to maintain a judicial action . Having a direct interest in determination of a controversy which is definite and concrete and touches the legal relations of parties having adverse Legal Interest . Carolina Environmental Study Group Inc. v Atomic Energy commission , (D.C.N.C.) 431 F. Supp. 203.

United States Constitutional Meaning of Standing

The legal status of a litigant indicating that he is a proper party to litigate an issue or a case or controversy.

Synonyms of Standing


  • constant
  • continued
  • continuing
  • conventional
  • enduring
  • established
  • fixed
  • lasting
  • permanent
  • perpetual
  • perpetuated
  • settled
  • stationary
  • still
  • traditional
  • unceasing
  • unchanging
  • Associated Concepts: standing committee

Related Entries of Standing in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

Browse or run a search for Standing in the American Encyclopedia of Law, the Asian Encyclopedia of Law, the European Encyclopedia of Law, the UK Encyclopedia of Law or the Latin American and Spanish Encyclopedia of Law.

Standing in Historical Law

You might be interested in the historical meaning of this term. Browse or search for Standing in Historical Law in the Encyclopedia of Law.

Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

Search for legal acronyms and/or abbreviations containing Standing in the Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary.

Related Legal Terms

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Mentioned in these terms

, Brother, Isolated Sale, Isolated Transaction, , Rating, Repeal, Representative, Stand, Status, Totten Trust.

Standing in the United States

Standing in Connecticut

Is the legal right to set judicial machinery in motion. One cannot rightfully invoke the jurisdiction of the court unless he has, in an individual or representative capacity, some real interest in the cause of action, or a legal or equitable right, title or interest in the subject matter of the controversy. . . . The question of standing does not involve an inquiry into the merits of the case. It merely requires the party to make allegations of a colorable claim of injury to an interest which is arguably protected or regulated by the statute or constitutional guarantee in question.” State v. Iban C., 275 Connecticut (provision) 624,664,881 A.2d 1005 (2005).

Standing in the law of the United States

Standing: Related U.S. Resources

See Also

Controversy (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Justiciable Issue (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Mootness (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Ripeness (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Taxpayer Suit (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia).


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Standing

(You may find standing at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

late 14c., verbal noun from stand (verb). In the sense of “rank, status,” it is first recorded 1570s. Sense of “state of having existed for some time” is 1650s. Legal sense is first recorded 1924. Sports sense is from 1881. To be in good standing is from 1789. Standing room is from 1788. A young gentleman attempting to get into Drury-lane play-house, found there was such a croud of people that there was no room. Just without the door, a damsel of the town accosted him with ‘can’t you get in, sir?’ to which he replied in the negative. ‘If you’ll go along with me, resumed she you may get in very easily, for I can furnish you with very good standing room.’ [”The Banquet of Wit, or A Feast for the Polite World,” London, 1790]


See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Judicial Review.
  • Meaning of Standing in the U.S. Legal System

    Definition of Standing published by the National Association for Court Management: The legal right to bring a lawsuit. Only a person with something at stake has standing to bring a lawsuit.

    Standing (Civil Judicial Process)



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