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[kwoh] /kwoʊ/
verb (used with object), Archaic.

in statu quo

[in stah-too kwoh; English in stey-tyoo kwoh, stach-oo] /ɪn ˈstɑ tu ˈkwoʊ; English ɪn ˈsteɪ tyu ˈkwoʊ, ˈstætʃ u/
in the state in which (anything was or is).

locus in quo

[loh-koo s in kwoh; English loh-kuh s in kwoh] /ˈloʊ kʊs ɪn ˈkwoʊ; English ˈloʊ kəs ɪn ˈkwoʊ/
the place in which.

quid pro quo

[kwid proh kwoh] /ˈkwɪd proʊ ˈkwoʊ/
noun, plural quid pro quos, quids pro quo for 2.
(italics) Latin. one thing in return for another.
something that is given or taken in return for something else; substitute.
1555-65; Latin quid prō quō literally, something for something; see what, pro1

quo animo?

[kwoh ah-ni-moh; English kwoh an-uh-moh] /kwoʊ ˈɑ nɪˌmoʊ; English kwoʊ ˈæn əˌmoʊ/
with what spirit or intention?

quo jure?

[kwoh yoo-re; English kwoh joo r-ee] /kwoʊ ˈyu rɛ; English kwoʊ ˈdʒʊər i/
by what right?

terminus a quo

[ter-mi-noo s ah kwoh; English tur-muh-nuh s ey kwoh] /ˈtɛr mɪˌnʊs ɑ ˈkwoʊ; English ˈtɜr mə nəs eɪ ˈkwoʊ/
the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point. Unabridged
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Examples for quo
  • He wanted to mollify the industries that have a vested interest in the status quo.
  • The media was under the hegemony of conformists supporting the status quo.
  • The lack of a consistent, clear message means you always vote the status quo.
  • Until this notion is fully comprehended, the status quo will remain prevalent.
  • It is easy to be silent or to accept the status quo.
  • Makers have no friends in the corridors of power and no safe haven from which to seriously disrupt the status quo.
  • He and the university both denied any quid pro quo in his hiring.
  • To the contrary, its users claim that the status quo is blatantly unfair.
  • Calls that involved no reversal of rank registered as status quo and barely triggered a glance.
  • They'll have plenty of time to do so but won't if they wait to see if you and others try to maintain the current status quo.
British Dictionary definitions for quo

quid pro quo

/ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ/
noun (pl) quid pro quos
a reciprocal exchange
something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: something for something

terminus a quo

/ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ/
the starting point; beginning
Word Origin
literally: the end from which
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Word Origin and History for quo

quid pro quo

1560s, from Latin, literally "something for something, one thing for another," from nominative and ablative neuter singulars of relative pronoun qui "who" (see who) + pro "for" (see pro-) + quo, ablative of quid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quo in Culture
quid pro quo [(kwid proh kwoh)]

A fair exchange; the phrase is most frequently used in diplomacy: “The Chinese may make some concessions on trade, but they will no doubt demand a quid pro quo, so we must be prepared to make concessions too.” From Latin, meaning “something for something.”

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Idioms and Phrases with quo
An equal exchange or substitution, as in I think it should be quid pro quo—you mow the lawn and I'll take you to the movies. This Latin expression, meaning “something for something,” has been used in English since the late 1500s.
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