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the existing state or condition.



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Also called status in quo .

Origin of status quo

First recorded in 1825–35, status quo is from Latin status quō literally, “state in which” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use status quo in a sentence

  • It will soon prove too expensive to maintain the status quo.

  • Many of the people that seemed to have been drawn to it, at least in my world, for whatever reason couldn’t fit into the status quo.

  • Ronald Reagan, the original Republican disrupter of the political status quo, was good at talking to these voters.

  • In the 1980s, companies and investors around the world mobilized to deny apartheid South Africa the economic lifeline it needed to maintain its status quo of racial oppression.

  • If the status quo prevails, San Diego Community Power will use the grid infrastructure of SDG&E, whose corporate owner, Sempra Energy, is committed to international investments in liquid natural gas.

  • When the problem is already political, when the intolerable situation is the status quo?

  • Defenders of the status quo claim the old rules protect consumers.

  • But when she called back, Brinsley was determined to tall her about his minted screenwriter status.

  • Nothing,” Klein notes, “was more threatening to the education status quo in New York City than our charter school initiative.

  • In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.

  • Nos duo Societate tuguriolum habemus ligneum, in quo vix posit mens commouere nos possumus.

  • Quo modo, quibusve auxiliis aut successu, Societas missionem ill in regione consecuta sit.

  • I quite admit that; but youve always received a quid pro quo, the general snapped.

  • As the actions of slander and libel have been described, only two others require notice, mandamus and quo warranto.

  • And his status is determined rather by his relation to the family than by his relation to the service.

British Dictionary definitions for status quo


the status quo the existing state of affairs

Word Origin for status quo

literally: the state in which

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for status quo

The existing order of things; present customs, practices, and power relations: “People with money are often content with the status quo.” From Latin, meaning “the state in which.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with status quo

The existing condition or state of affairs, as in We dont want to admit more singers to the chorus; we like the status quo. This term, Latin for “state in which,” has been used in English since the early 1800s.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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