status quo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin status (state) (sometimes used in the ablative statu) + quō (in which), the ablative of quī (which). From the Latin in statu quō ante bellum erat (the way it was before the war).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsteɪtəs ˈkwəʊ/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˌstætəs ˈkwoʊ/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsteɪtəs ˈkwoʊ/

Noun[edit]

status quo (plural status quos)

  1. The state of things; the way things are, as opposed to the way they could be; the existing state of affairs.
    • 2015 July 27, Noah Berlatsky, “NK Jemisin: the fantasy writer upending the 'racist and sexist status quo'”, in The Guardian[1]:
      “As a black woman,” Jemisin tells me, “I have no particular interest in maintaining the status quo. Why would I? The status quo is harmful, the status quo is significantly racist and sexist and a whole bunch of other things that I think need to change. With epic fantasy there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative, in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack.”

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Dutch[edit]

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status quo m (plural status quo's)

  1. status quo

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From Latin status quo.

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Noun[edit]

status quo n (indeclinable)

  1. status quo

Further reading[edit]

  • status quo in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • status quo in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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Noun[edit]

status quo m (plural status quo)

  1. status quo (the existing state of things)