status quo

noun
\ -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

Synonyms

normalcy, normality

Antonyms

abnormality

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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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If her first two days on the job are any indication, Ocasio-Cortez has only just begun shaking up the status quo. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Red Lipstick and Gold Hoops Were a Nod to Bronx Spirit—and Sonia Sotomayor—at Her Swearing In," 4 Jan. 2019 And can this new Congress be just the first of many to challenge our political status quo instead of upholding it? Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Bad Girls' Caucus Has Been Sworn In and Congress May Never Be the Same," 3 Jan. 2019 The prevailing strength of the status quo challenges populist leaders’ chance to transform their electoral success into the kind of political influence that can deliver on their promises. Renad Mansour, Washington Post, "An emerging populism is sweeping the Middle East," 11 July 2018 Trump wants to disrupt world affairs while Mattis wants to maintain the status quo. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 Their brand, NorBlack NorWhite, stands in vibrant opposition to the minimalist sportswear status quo. Whitney Wei, Vogue, "Meet the Indian Design Duo Shaking Up the Look of Athleisure," 28 Nov. 2018 Changing the status quo has never been more beautiful. Jessica Chia, Allure, "4 Beauty Startups With Major Philanthropic Missions," 27 July 2018 The result is the distinctive point of view—and standout wines—that has seen Silver Heights challenge the status quo and compete with the world’s greatest estates. Vogue, "Emma Gao’s Mission to Transform Global Perceptions of Winemaking in Her Native China," 3 Dec. 2018 Blum has a soft spot for stories about scientists who challenged the status quo—people who were also complicated, obsessive, and difficult personalities. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We have food safety laws thanks to 19th century “poison squad”," 26 Nov. 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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status quo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of status quo

: the current situation : the way things are now

status quo

noun
\ -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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