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in statu quo

[in stah-too kwoh; English in stey-tyoo kwoh, stach-oo]
in the state in which (anything was or is).

locus in quo

[loh-koos in kwoh; English loh-kuhs in kwoh]
the place in which.

quid pro quo

[kwid proh kwoh]
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]
with what spirit or intention?

quo jure?

[kwoh yoo-re; English kwoh joor-ee]
by what right?

terminus a quo

[ter-mi-noos ah kwoh; English tur-muh-nuhs ey kwoh]
the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point.
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quid pro quo (ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ)
n , pl quid pro quos
1.  a reciprocal exchange
2.  something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another
[C16: from Latin: something for something]

terminus a quo (ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ)
the starting point; beginning
[literally: the end from which]

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Word Origin & History

quid pro quo
1565, from L., lit. "something for something, one thing for another."
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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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Example sentences
He wanted to mollify the industries that have a vested interest in the status
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.
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