status quo

\ -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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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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Don’t get too far out there, don’t say things that are upsetting or weird, don’t question the status quo. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "How Sci-Fi Shaped the Players in the Gawker Lawsuit," 6 July 2019 Still, some of her supporters saw a concerted effort to uphold the status quo. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "‘Trumpian’ Tactics: Queens D.A. Race Turns Nasty," 5 July 2019 The devastation was grave enough (although there were no deaths), and the outrage was fierce enough, that the moratorium on firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles remained the status quo in Iowa for more than 80 years. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 The alternative to the awful, unworkable status quo is not erasing the border but letting more people enter legally — as immigrants, workers and refugees. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Julián Castro knows criminalizing immigration is a failure," 28 June 2019 The Palestinians have repeatedly chosen the status quo over sovereignty. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Take the Palestinians’ ‘No’ for an Answer," 23 June 2019 Both states’ once-a-decade redistricting plans will also be undertaken according to where populations are clustered, so a census that counts more recent immigrants could alter the status quo in Texas. The Economist, "ImmigrationImmigration shapes the politics of California and Texas," 20 June 2019 Fran Visco, the president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, said the status quo has too often resulted in drugs that barely extend a patient’s life — and that still aren’t affordable. STAT, "Biden wants to cure cancer. Now Trump does, too. But cancer, like health care, is complicated," 19 June 2019 Given the new status quo, does the old-fashioned employer-employee contract hold? Erika Fry, Fortune, "How to Build a Thriving Multi-Generational Workforce," 12 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of status quo

: the current situation : the way things are now

status quo

\ -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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