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 problem is that most of those citizens are Democrats, and there’s no way to give them a voice in Congress that doesn’t also upset the status quo. Kevin Mahnken, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Future Depends on D.C. Statehood," 25 June 2020 Students at Milford Local Schools have also taken to Instagram to voice their indignation with the status quo. Max Londberg, The Enquirer, "'We demand change': Kings, Milford students publish accounts of racist incidents in school," 24 June 2020 Ocasio-Cortez occasionally butted heads with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her quest to upset the status quo, but Pelosi has since endorsed her reelection. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Can AOC win again? Who will face Mitch McConnell? Here's what to watch in Tuesday's primaries," 23 June 2020 In the meantime, the social media giants continue to go to bat to preserve the status quo. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Facebook and Twitter Want to Keep the Justice System Stacked Against Defendants," 19 June 2020 This created an uneasy status quo which persists today, where neither side quite agrees on the border, both regularly accuse the other of overstepping it or seeking to expand their territory, and excuse for conflict is easy to come by. James Griffiths, CNN, "Why are China and India fighting over an inhospitable strip of the Himalayas?," 17 June 2020 For LoPucki, the rise of rival venues doesn’t improve the status quo. Steven Church, Bloomberg.com, "Delaware Is Losing Its Luster as the Best Place to Go Broke," 15 June 2020 Many bishops, priests and theologians since Augustine have used similar arguments to criticize social changes and legitimize the status quo, insisting that the faithful should bear worldly injustices and seek their reward in heaven. Anna L. Peterson, The Conversation, "No justice, no peace: Why Catholic priests are kneeling with George Floyd protesters," 15 June 2020 During his career as a civil rights activist and NAACP leader, Evers became the target of those who wanted to uphold the South’s racist status quo. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How the assassination of Medgar Evers galvanized the civil rights movement," 12 June 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

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“Status quo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/status%20quo. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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status quo

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How to pronounce status quo (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of status quo

: the current situation : the way things are now

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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