the status quo


: the current situation : the way things are now
He's content with the status quo and isn't looking for change.
She wants to maintain the status quo.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Typically, standing should prohibit parties from using the courts to maintain the status quo. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2023 Wednesday's episode wraps up season 3 with some bombshell reveals, changes in the status quo, and a possible death, leaving fans with plenty to think about regarding the series' future. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 19 Apr. 2023 Hughes explores similarities in mother and son’s temperaments — and the ways that malicious men within the Black liberation movement took advantage of them, while the U.S. government was simultaneously attempting to dismantle and punish anyone attempting to disrupt the status quo. Grant Rindner, Billboard, 18 Apr. 2023 Kudos to her for not following the status quo, and hopefully her children are able to navigate and develop healthy habits and great individuality! Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 16 Apr. 2023 After his statements about the island unsettled American and E.U. officials, Mr. Macron walked them back and said France supports the status quo. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2023 Neither type of intelligence alone is enough to build movements that shift the status quo, Freedman told me. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Continuing to pretend that our current system can fix this is tantamount to accepting the status quo. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 10 Apr. 2023 Both traits, along with disrupting the status quo, are part of Living Divani’s success. Damon Johnstun, oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2023 See More

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“The status quo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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