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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The best outcome from this meeting that will undermine liberal democracies and encourage strongmen the world over would be maintenance of the status quo and a public relations coup for Putin. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 Keeping the status quo isn’t seen as an acceptable choice. Martin E. Comas,, "Casselberry moves forward with relocating police station, which carries $7M price tag," 3 July 2018 They are frustrated with the status quo and hungry to create more engaging local content that better reflects people’s lives. Rachel Gandin Mark, The Hollywood Reporter, "Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East?," 27 June 2018 Her voice wavers but never cracks, swelling into a powerful condemnation of the status quo. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Nanette Is The Netflix Special That's Going To Change Comedy — & The World," 27 June 2018 First comes a genuine popular grievance with the status quo and, often, with the liberal elites who are in charge. The Economist, "Lessons from the rise of strongmen in weak states," 14 June 2018 The fact that all of those latter three pursuits failed does not mean the Spurs have been too reliant on the status quo. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Pop, Spurs have plenty on this summer’s menu from Kawhi to LeBron," 11 June 2018 The issue was the subject of a series of public forums, with large numbers of people arguing for maintaining the status quo and business owners saying not having gambling is threatening their ability to keep their doors open. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Trustees: No clear-cut direction following Orland Park video gambling vote," 22 Mar. 2018 Keeping the status quo The game was over by halftime. Charlie Hatch,, "Five takeaways from NKU's 86-51 win over UIC last Saturday," 3 Jan. 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

Latin, state in which

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English Language Learners Definition of status quo

: the current situation : the way things are now

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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

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