status quo ante

status quo an·​te | \-ˈan-tē \

Definition of status quo ante 

: the state of affairs that existed previously

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Scalia, that's the status quo ante from before that nomination. Fox News, "Schlapp: Trump wants nominee who will uphold Constitution," 28 June 2018 Faced with vehement opposition to this move, however, the cabinet voted in May to restore the status quo ante. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Bibi Is Bent on Taking On Iran Alone," 5 June 2018 This was fine, since most shows essentially returned every episode to the status quo ante. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "On That ‘Barry’ Finale and Why Some Shows Are So Good, They Need to End," 13 May 2018 No matter what happens on May 12, May 13 must not see a return to the status quo ante July 2015. Danny Danon, WSJ, "Israel and Its Neighbors Need an Iran Deal Overhaul," 30 Apr. 2018 The Arab world is not far from returning to the status quo ante of the late 20th century, though with a very different distribution of power among the chief actors., "The Middle East's age of innocence is over," 21 Mar. 2018 In any case there seems little chance of a return to the status quo ante. Jonathan Foreman, Newsweek, "Can an Independent Kurdistan Reshape the Middle East?," 29 July 2014 The most successful attempt this country ever made at catching up with the rest of the industrialized world and the primary policy goal of conservative Republicanism is to gut it and return us all to the status quo ante. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Our Future Robot Overlords Simply Won't Understand This Health Care Fight," 20 Feb. 2018 But these films are insistent upon going back to a status quo ante, thus negating all that came before in the original trilogy. Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "2 Generations of Fans Debate 'The Last Jedi'," 19 Dec. 2017

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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

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status quo ante

status quo an·​te | \-ˈkwō-ˈan-tē \

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

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