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: continuing in existence, use, or effect indefinitely [a order]
n 1 : the status of being qualified to assert or enforce legal rights or duties in a judicial forum because one has a sufficient and protectable interest in the outcome of a justiciable controversy and usually has suffered or is threatened with actual injury [only one who already has can argue the public interest in support of his claim "Hawaii's Thousand Friends v. Anderson, 768 P.2d 1293 (1989)"]
2 : a principle requiring that a party have standing in order to justify the exercise of the court's remedial powers
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.