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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The next morning, Wu appeared eager to engage, saying Boston was on the verge of a transformation and that voters’ demands for racial equity and justice are urgent and leave no time for status quo complacency., 2 Oct. 2021 The status quo world of EDI required an internal IT competency in the business that was hard for small companies to access. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Republicans would retain their status quo number of safe seats: 18. oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 So much so that the status quo norms will do any and everything to take them down. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 17 Aug. 2021 The one person in the Mossbacher group who veers off the status quo course is Quinn. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 15 Aug. 2021 This book is for every woman, but particularly every Black woman and girl who doesn’t want to have to turn to the status quo books. Niema Jordan, Essence, 8 June 2021 Big holdouts remain: Which brings us to the status quo approaches of top emitter China, and to a lesser extent, India, which did not announce new targets at the summit. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 23 Apr. 2021 Gates’s Covid-19 ACT-Accelerator expressed a status quo vision for organizing the research, development, manufacture, and distribution of treatments and vaccines. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Status quo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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