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Note 209 – The Latin term ‘status quo’

Wiktionary shows this Latin term in two parts: status meaning ‘state’ and quo meaning ‘in which’.  According to Wikipedia, the definition of status quo is ‘current or existing state of affairs’.

The status quo is how things are right now, rather than how things could be.

Example sentences

Fire swept through the town destroying many buildings. It will be a while before things return to the status quo.

Your dictionary has further excellent examples of the use of status quo in sentences e.g. “to maintain the current status quo here was very important”.


The plural is status quos.

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