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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New Jersey shows the difficulty of changing the status quo. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Amazon’s Pivot Raises Scrutiny of Incentive Deals," 15 Feb. 2019 But the growing popularity of tiny vehicles — Segways, electric skateboards, and now scooters — may change the status quo. Carlos Waters, Vox, "Don’t blame the scooters. Blame the streets.," 18 Sep. 2018 Nixon had positioned herself as a progressive alternative to Cuomo and promised to change the status quo. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Cynthia Nixon Closes Her New York Primary Loss With Powerful Speech: 'This Is a Time to Fight'," 14 Sep. 2018 In some ways, this upcoming Yeezy Boost release is just the status quo. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "A New Yeezy Is Here, Even if the Old Kanye Isn't," 25 June 2018 In a statement after their talks, the two called for non-militarization in the South China Sea and warned against any unilateral actions changing the status quo. Fox News, "Japan, Vietnam agree on maritime safety cooperation," 1 June 2018 Even if Charles opts to keep the status quo, his rapidly growing crew of grandchildren will require housing, security, and education. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 From crowds of striking teachers speaking out for fair treatment to an entire generation of young workers rejecting a broken status quo, Americans are demanding more than the crumbs we’ve been handed by corporate and political elites. Richard Trumka, WSJ, "Unions Triumph at the Ballot Box," 8 Aug. 2018 His victory has upended Mexico's political status quo, in which just two parties have held the presidency since 1929, and drawn a line under decades of technocratic rule. Gabriel Stargardter And Miguel Gutierrez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's López Obrador will dominate Congress, with record female contingent," 5 July 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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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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