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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Western officials pay lip service to territorial integrity, while resigning themselves to the new status quo. The Economist, "Crimea is still in limbo five years after Russia seized it," 8 June 2019 Regardless, the Jazz haven’t traditionally made huge upgrades in free agency, so retaining those players at a reasonable cost while adding through the draft seems to fit their general status quo. Jeremy Woo,, "Biggest Needs for All 30 Teams in the 2019 NBA Draft," 6 June 2019 The federal government doesn’t force drugmakers to bid for the lowest prices in Medicare Part D. The power of big health care means enormous political influence to block any changes to the status quo. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s gambit to kill Obamacare risks lives and opportunity," 29 Mar. 2019 With this change comes a powerful message delivered to the status quo. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 So for now, the families remain in limbo, despite bipartisan opposition to the status quo. Nancy Cordes, CBS News, "Trump continues to falsely claim there's a law on family separation," 15 June 2018 Despite the anguish in its messages, the infectious percussion and booming guitar twangs offer community, love, even dancing as an answer to the status quo. Eve Barlow, GQ, "Parquet Courts Are Here to Thrash," 7 May 2018 Thus the society of Nacirema was born, Hall’s fictional universe where being black and gay is considered the norm, while white and straight people are persecuted even to the point of death for failing to adhere to the status quo. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Todrick Hall Tackles the Politics of Race & Sexuality, Talks 'Mentor' Taylor Swift & More," 28 Mar. 2018 Her stardom may reinforce Hollywood’s status quo: white, blond, gorgeous. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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