status quo

[ kwoh ]
/ kwoʊ /

noun

the existing state or condition.

Origin of status quo

First recorded in 1825–35, status quo is from the Latin word status quō literally, state in which
Also called status in quo.
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British Dictionary definitions for status quo

status quo

/ (kwəʊ) /

noun

the status quo the existing state of affairs

Word Origin for status quo

literally: the state in which
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Word Origin and History for status quo

status quo


n.

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

Culture definitions for status quo

status quo


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.”

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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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