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

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Recent Examples on the Web But instead of returning them to the status quo ante, why not take this opportunity to rapidly paint in bike lanes and adapt our streets to better suit the needs of pedestrians. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "With the coronavirus, an opportunity to reinvent Dallas," 30 Apr. 2020 Until that point, Lincoln would have been willing to return to the status quo ante bellum: the end of the rebellion with the seceded states reintegrated into the Union with slavery intact. Mackubin Thomas Owens, National Review, "In Defense of U.S. Generalship," 24 Mar. 2020 Klobuchar's appeal in a campaign against Trump would be a return to status quo ante normalcy. Edward Morrissey, TheWeek, "Why moderates should think twice about Klobuchar," 12 Feb. 2020 That only works if the status quo ante is far more appealing than the status quo, however. Edward Morrissey, TheWeek, "Why moderates should think twice about Klobuchar," 12 Feb. 2020 There is, in short, no going back to the status quo ante Trump. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "Do the Democrats Have a Foreign Policy?," 16 Jan. 2020 The best spin that officials can put on it is that their leaders are playing a long game, waiting for popular sentiment to turn against the protesters and reconcile itself to something like the status quo ante. The Economist, "Hong Kong stares into the abyss amid growing violence," 21 Nov. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/status%20quo%20ante. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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