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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Word Origin & History

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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Cultural Dictionary

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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Idioms & Phrases

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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Example sentences
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.
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