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status quo

[kwoh] /kwoʊ/
noun
1.
the existing state or condition.
Also called status in quo.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Latin status quō literally, state in which
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Examples from the web for status quo
  • 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.
  • The problem may be motivating the males, who know that if they maintain the status quo in this situation they benefit.
  • Until suffragettes and gays provoked the status quo by standing up and telling the truth, as moral and forthright individuals.
  • Above all, though, donors must recognize that the current status quo is unacceptable.
  • Nothing is more difficult for the reasonable, settled, status quo state than to contemplate fanaticism.
  • Some people are benefited by the status quo, and if you want to change the status quo people will complain.
  • However, in too many cases, stable means simply preserving a subpar status quo.
  • It's a big move away from the status quo in digital imaging.
  • They rewrite the universe from the ground up, shaking up the status quo and leaving no sacred cow untenderized.
  • They are iconoclasts who question the status quo, cut through red tape, and challenge their bosses to greatness.
British Dictionary definitions for status quo

status quo

/kwəʊ/
noun
1.
the status quo, the existing state of affairs
Word Origin
literally: the state in which
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Word Origin and History for 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).

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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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