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status quo

[kwoh] /kwoʊ/
the existing state or condition.
Also called status in quo.
Origin of status quo
First recorded in 1825-35, status quo is from the Latin word status quō literally, state in which Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The status quo would be the happiest, if it could be preserved.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • In other words, Gloria thought, the status quo has to be kept.

    Hex Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • Nuremberg passed into his hands, and he proceeded to restore the status quo ante there.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
  • To restore balance was to maintain the status quo of physical reality.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • But it was not without foreboding that this development was witnessed by the adherents of the status quo.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
British Dictionary definitions for status quo

status quo

the status quo, the existing state of affairs
Word Origin
literally: the state in which
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for status quo

1833, from Latin status quo "the state in which," hence "existing state of affairs." Also status quo ante "the state in which before, state of affairs previous" (1877).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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status quo in Culture

status quo definition

The existing order of things; present customs, practices, and power relations: “People with money are often content with the status quo.” From Latin, meaning “the state in which.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Idioms and Phrases with status quo

status quo

The existing condition or state of affairs, as in We don't want to admit more singers to the chorus; we like the status quo. This term, Latin for “state in which,” has been used in English since the early 1800s.
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