status quo ante

noun
status quo an·​te | \ -ˈan-tē How to pronounce status quo ante (audio) \

Definition of status quo ante

: the state of affairs that existed previously

Examples of status quo ante in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But industry leaders are certainly pushing for a return to the status quo ante, where employees come together around conference tables rather than in Zoom conferences. Ira Bedzow, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Candidate Joe Biden campaigned as the centrist exemplar of a return to pre-Trump normal, but President Joe Biden has moved swiftly to enlarge the scope of his ambitions far beyond the status quo ante. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2021 Some of it is a result of not knowing for sure what is safe and what isn't, but some of it is also about the return to the social status quo ante after more than a year of extremely limited interaction. Nicholas Goldberg, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 This sounds like great news, and is without doubt worlds better than the status quo ante of no ambitions at all. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 18 Mar. 2021 His would in many ways be a return-to-normalcy campaign, offering to take voters back to some vague status quo ante, when the steady hand of the Obama administration guided the country. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2021 Tehran's condition for reversing the escalation is a U.S. agreement to return to the JCPOA status quo ante. Zev Chafets, Star Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 Yet a return to the status quo ante Trump would be neither possible nor desirable. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, 3 Nov. 2020 To anyone who has lived through the chaos of the last four years, a reversion to the status quo ante is tempting. Emma Ashford, Star Tribune, 26 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'status quo ante.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of status quo ante

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for status quo ante

Latin, state in which previously

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About status quo ante

Time Traveler for status quo ante

Time Traveler

The first known use of status quo ante was in 1800

See more words from the same year

Statistics for status quo ante

Last Updated

13 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Status quo ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/status%20quo%20ante. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for status quo ante

status quo ante

noun
status quo an·​te | \ -ˈkwō-ˈan-tē How to pronounce status quo ante (audio) \

Legal Definition of status quo ante

: the state of affairs that existed previously restore the status quo ante

History and Etymology for status quo ante

Latin, state in which previously

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!