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 The other solution is to declare remote working over and revert to the status quo ante. Robert Sher, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Either way, the result—again—is just a version of the status quo ante for Britain, only indisputably worse. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 19 June 2022 This makes the outraged reaction to Henry Kissinger’s suggestion of a deal around a return to the status quo ante bizarre. The Editors, National Review, 8 June 2022 In all of these cases, the prior assumption reversed but is likely to re-reverse to the status quo ante in the next couple of years. Brad Mcmillan, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Companies that suffer a strategic, structural change in their business prospects may never recover, and shares that look undervalued may in fact reflect a new reality that cannot be expected to return to the status quo ante. George Calhoun, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 No longer priestesses and priests in the cult of the Western Logos, no longer implicit defenders of the status quo ante, literary critics become warriors for synchronic justice conceived as catharsis. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 With that, Flanagan launches into a multipronged defense of the status quo ante at UC. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 Now, Republicans and Democrats are essentially reverting to the status quo ante. John Bolton, WSJ, 27 July 2021 See More

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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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12 Jul 2022

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“Status quo ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/status%20quo%20ante. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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

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