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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The national security agencies want to recapture the presidency with any Democrat or Republican who will return to the national security status quo. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 Their revolution is the capitalist kind: progress by way of shifting demographics, reinforcement of the corporate status quo. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 In one respect — updating rules for cross-border e-commerce, which was still in its infancy when NAFTA took effect 25 years ago — Trump’s deal is a real improvement over the status quo. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Democrats should give Trump a win on this trade deal," 15 Sep. 2019 But, sadly, that’s not the case and doing nothing only maintains a tragic status quo., "Should Massachusetts allow safe injection sites for addicts?," 14 Sep. 2019 Germany, with its world-class manufacturers and less competitive service firms, enjoys the status quo. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 Amid studies showing black women will be key to next year’s White House race comes a new poll that shows this group of Americans is veering off from the status quo logged by other voters. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Black Women Voters Are Key to the 2020 Presidential Race. Here’s Who They Support," 12 Sep. 2019 After Marechera returned to independent Zimbabwe, he was harassed and persecuted by state security for his refusal to join the system, or his public rebukes directed towards the status quo. Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Quartz Africa, "The Zimbabwean writer who was Robert Mugabe’s nemesis," 7 Sep. 2019 Daniel has been championing the cause for 12 years now and continues to disrupt the fashion status quo. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "Ciara Receives The Icon 360 Award At Harlem’s Fashion Row 12th Annual Fashion Show And Style Awards," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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