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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. 2018.
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  • But damn it, you had to preserve the status quo, for your own survival if nothing else.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • "Strict maintenance of the status quo," Hilton explained, flatly.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • The people were either anti-friar or conformists to the status quo.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • They are apt to be conventional, legalistic, and maintainers of the status quo.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • The status quo is what we desire, peace is what the world wants.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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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.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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