Something outstanding stands out for good reasons. Your outstanding presentation captured everyone's attention; unfortunately, so did the tear in the seat of your pants.

An outstanding performance of any kind will impress people, but there's one meaning to outstanding that most of us would rather avoid: that which remains unpaid. Outstanding gift ideas can lead to outstanding debt. Your outstanding mood was ruined when you saw the size of your outstanding credit card balance.

Definitions of outstanding
  1. adjective
    of major significance or importance
    synonyms: great
    important, of import
    of great significance or value
  2. adjective
    distinguished from others in excellence
    “did outstanding work in human relations”
    “an outstanding war record”
    synonyms: stellar
    of high or superior quality or performance
  3. adjective
    having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
    synonyms: prominent, salient, spectacular, striking
    obvious to the eye or mind
  4. adjective
    owed as a debt
    outstanding bills”
    synonyms: owing, undischarged
    not paid
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