status quo

\-ˈkwō \

Definition of status quo 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for status quo


normalcy, normality



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Examples of status quo in a Sentence

He is content with the status quo and does not like change. civic leaders who are afraid to do anything that might change the town's status quo

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There has been a status quo in terms of how women are treated, what their expectations have been in this society. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Has the Perfect Response to the Backlash Against the #MeToo Movement," 11 Oct. 2018 But what begins as a lush, domestic story on par with the first game quickly goes off the rails when a chance encounter with a bully and a police officer leaves Sean and his young brother Daniel with a startling new status quo. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 The story of a young man remaking Hollywood with boundless energy and unstoppable ambition makes a refreshing contrast to the complacency of the current status quo. Richard Rushfield, WSJ, "‘Who Is Michael Ovitz?’ Review: Confessions of a Super Agent," 25 Sep. 2018 Chromat and Gypsy Sport were among the few brands that disrupted the status quo by dressing models to show off their bodies in a diverse selection of bold looks, not just demure ones. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 Everything else, from your other political allegiances to your proposals for a post-occupation status quo, is secondary. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 The nation’s major political parties, meanwhile, offered little to women agitating to upend the status quo. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 Similar to the recent wave of teachers’ strikes , the lawyers behind Gary B. v Snyder seek to interrupt what the plaintiffs and their supporters argue is a status quo of educational unfairness not only in Detroit but also across the country. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "In America, Schools Aren’t Required to Teach Kids to Read and Write," 6 July 2018 Three security experts discussed with The Post whether Patrick’s proposal had any merit to it or not, under the current status quo. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Texas official says that fewer doors could mean fewer school shootings. We had experts weigh in.," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of status quo

1719, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for status quo

Latin, state in which

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English Language Learners Definition of status quo

: the current situation : the way things are now

status quo

\-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

History and Etymology for status quo

Latin, state in which

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