status quo

noun
\ -ˈkwō How to pronounce status quo (audio) \

Definition of status quo

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The point is to disrupt the status quo—and that’s exactly what the pro-choice activists outside Kavanaugh’s house are doing. Emma Specter, Vogue, 9 May 2022 During the Cold War, the then-Soviet Union was happy to keep the status quo in Europe rather than expand its boundaries, Lough said. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 7 May 2022 IndyCar’s crop of young stars began their takeover in Alabama a year ago and return for Sunday’s race still disrupting the status quo. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 1 May 2022 Since 2015, Universal Standard has challenged the status quo through its expansive size range. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 My research into pranking politics shows that sometimes pranksters bolster the status quo instead. Stanislav Budnitsky, The Conversation, 19 Apr. 2022 Stretching out Conventional wisdom might have inspired the Orioles to maintain the status quo. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 16 Apr. 2022 Yet, with those challenges came opportunities to defy the status quo and try new things. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 But the design and physics of the European gas market favor the status quo: Most European countries will struggle to follow Lithuania’s lead, and Putin is likely bluffing. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of status quo was in 1719

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12 May 2022

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“Status quo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/status%20quo. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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status quo

noun
\ -ˈkwō How to pronounce status quo (audio) \

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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