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Princeton's WordNet

  1. status quonoun

    the existing state of affairs


  1. status quonoun

    The state of things; the way things are, as opposed to the way they could be; the existing state of affairs.

    Etymology: From status; (NB the "statu" is the correct form) + quo, the of qui. From the in statu quo ante bellum erat


  1. Status quo

    Status quo or Statu quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues. In the sociological sense, it generally applies to maintaining or changing existing social structure and/or values. With regard to policy debate, it means how conditions are, inviting a good or bad analysis of them, for example "The countries are now trying to maintain a status quo with regards to their nuclear arsenal which will help them if the situation gets any worse."Status quo is the nominative form of the ablative in the Latin phrase "in statu quo" – literally "in the state in which", a shortening of the phrase in statu quo res erant ante bellum, meaning "as things stood before the war". To maintain the status quo is to keep things the way they presently are. The related phrase status quo ante, literally "the state in which before", emphasises "the state of affairs that existed" (previously).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Status quo

    the state in which anything is already. The phrase is also used retrospectively, as when, on a treaty of place, matters return to the status quo ante bellum, or are left in statu quo ante bellum, i.e., the state (or, in the state) before the war

    Etymology: [L., state in which.]


  1. Status Quo

    Status Quo are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962. After a number of lineup changes, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969. They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, the most recent being in 2010, which is more than any other rock group! 22 of which reached the UK Top Ten. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Status Quo will star in their first feature film, due to be released in July 2013. The film will coincide with the release of the soundtrack album Bula Quo!. The first single from the album, the track Bula Bula Quo was released in June 2013, and is Status Quo's one hundredth single release.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. status quo

    (Lat.). A treaty between belligerents, which leaves each party in statu quo ante bellum,—that is, in the state in which it was before the war.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of status quo in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of status quo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of status quo in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The life of Christopher Columbus offers numerous notable traits of Effective Leadership, which are applicable even today. The seven traits that I consider to be absolutely remarkable are: (1) Always challenge the status quo. (2) Think outside-the-box. (3) Create a vision with plan and timeline to execute. (4) Be prepared to cross the comfort zone, and enter any unknown territories fearlessly. (5) Be tough minded with strong determination to win. (6) Be adaptable, resilient and persistent when faced with challenges. (7) Be the best positive influencer and an inspiring role model to followers. In my view, the most important learning for Leaders from the life of Columbus is: If you really wish to explore new oceans, you mustn't be afraid to lose sight of the shore.

  2. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images:

    It is obvious that the status quo is unsustainable, this (escalation) was not unpredictable, nor a one-time event, they have basically said, this is what it is. We have occupied. But this isnt disputed territory this is, by the law, part of Azerbaijan.

  3. Carly Fiorina:

    When you lead, you must challenge the status quo, and when you challenge the status quo, you make enemies.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Effective Leaders transform weaknesses of their followers into strengths, enabling the followers to see and identify opportunity in every threat. Effective Leaders are not sweet talking, and they don't turn the organization into a Country Club; but they surely uplift the organization above the status quo, and importantly, expand the capability of their followers beyond the norm.

  5. John Stephenson:

    Bay Street's preference is a conservative win as it maintains the status quo. Markets hate uncertainty.

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