Definitions for standard operating procedure
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
stand′ard op′erating proce`dure(n.)
a set of fixed instructions or steps for carrying out routine operations.
Ref: Abbr.: SOP 2
Origin of standard operating procedure:
standing operating procedure, standard operating procedure, SOP, standard procedure(noun)
a prescribed procedure to be followed routinely
"rote memorization has been the educator's standard operating procedure for centuries"
Standard Operating Procedure
Standard Operating Procedure is a 2008 documentary film which explores the meaning of the photographs taken by U.S. military police at the Abu Ghraib prison in late 2003, the content of which revealed the torture and abuse of its prisoners by U.S. soldiers and subsequently resulted in a public scandal. The film was directed by Errol Morris. Commenting on the relationship of his film to the notorious photographs, Morris has said his intent was "…not to say that these 'bad apples' were blameless… but… to say that they were scapegoats. It was easy to blame them because, after all, they were in the photographs… Photographs don’t tell us who the real culprits might be… They can also serve as a coverup, they can misdirect us… Photographs reveal and conceal, serve as [both] exposé and coverup".
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
standard operating procedure
A set of instructions covering those features of operations which lend themselves to a definite or standardized procedure without loss of effectiveness. The procedure is applicable unless ordered otherwise. Also called SOP.
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