What does standard operating procedure mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. 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

  1. 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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of standard operating procedure in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of standard operating procedure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Antonetti:

    That should be standard operating procedure for human beings.

  2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

    Not surprised that the Clinton operatives would suggest that, that's kind of standard operating procedure.

  3. Sal Muoio:

    They absolutely should have this, i always thought that was standard operating procedure for companies that have the CEO as chairman.

  4. Steve Milloy:

    EPA regulations are based on secret data developed in the 1990s, for the EPA, coming up with cherry-picked data is standard operating procedure.

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