status quo

noun \ -ˈkwō \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of status quo

: the existing state of affairs
  • seeks to preserve the status quo

Examples of status quo in a Sentence

  1. He is content with the status quo and does not like change.

  2. civic leaders who are afraid to do anything that might change the town's status quo

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Origin and Etymology of status quo

Latin, state in which


STATUS QUO Defined for English Language Learners

status quo

Definition of status quo for English Language Learners

  • : the current situation : the way things are now


Law Dictionary

status quo

noun \ -ˈkwō \

legal Definition of status quo

: the existing state of affairs; specifically : the last actual and uncontested state of affairs that preceded a controversy and that is to be preserved by preliminary injunction — compare status quo ante

Origin and Etymology of status quo

Latin, state in which



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