Standard Operating Procedure | Definition of Standard Operating Procedure by Merriam-Webster

standard operating procedure


Definition of standard operating procedure

: established or prescribed methods to be followed routinely for the performance of designated operations or in designated situations

called also standing operating procedure

Examples of standard operating procedure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of what the Hungarian network has done is legal and standard operating procedure in Washington., 4 Oct. 2021 Contractors said intimidation is standard operating procedure in the Electricity Ministry., 27 Sep. 2021 That’s become standard operating procedure in Washington, which rarely meets the budget deadlines these days. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Most incident tickets are not reported in forms but in emails, and the bot goes through the unstructured text to predict a standard operating procedure (SOP). Uday Birajdar, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 This is standard operating procedure in any such situation. ABC News, 15 Aug. 2021 According to the standard operating procedure that describes the board, Flynn has the final say on whether changes should be made as a result of each review. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Every crew member should be aware of what to do and when because the standard operating procedure has been trained into their muscle memory. Jennifer Leigh Parker, Forbes, 25 June 2021 As backward as the process might sound, building movies around things like Disneyland rides has become standard operating procedure for studios, and Disney hasn’t been bashful about wading into those waters. Brian Lowry, CNN, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of standard operating procedure

1952, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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Standard operating procedure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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