Definition of status quo in English:

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status quo

Pronunciation: /ˌstādəs ˈkwō/

noun

(usually the status quo)
The existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues: they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo
More example sentences
  • Sure, it was nice leaving her complicated life behind for a little while, but she knew she had to go back to the real world and figure out a way to deal with the status quo.
  • It's contemplated on the basis of principles that will not allow a return to the status quo ante.
  • Default options are the dirty options and because of status quo bias they are likely to stay that way for a while.

Origin

Latin, literally 'the state in which'.

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Syllabification: sta·tus quo

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