status in quo

status quo

[kwoh]
noun
the existing state or condition.
Also called status in quo.


Origin:
1825–35; < Latin status quō literally, state in which

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status quo (kwəʊ)
 
n
the status quo the existing state of affairs
 
[literally: the state in which]

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status quo
1833, from L. 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 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.”

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