status quo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n status quo the existing state of affairs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Status quo The state in which anything is already. The phrase is also used retrospectively, as when, on a treaty of peace, 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. The form status quo is in most common use.
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Quotations

  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It's time for change in America.”
  • Clark Kerr
    Clark Kerr
    “The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in.”
  • Frank Popoff
    Frank Popoff
    “Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change.”
  • Torley
    Torley
    “Make the status quo your ho.”

Idioms

Status quo - Someone who wants to preserve the status quo wants a particular situation to remain unchanged.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., state in which

Usage

In literature:

The EFF had simply NETWORKED the situation into an entirely new status quo.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
That happiness and a normal occupation will do a great deal to maintain the status quo.
"The Breaking Point" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Bethell rejoined that this would be a violation of neutrality; one must preserve the status quo.
"The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams
The men, having achieved domestic tranquillity, had no desire to do anything that would disturb the status quo.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
But it was not without foreboding that this development was witnessed by the adherents of the status quo.
"The Armies of Labor" by Samuel P. Orth
The Constitution defined a status quo the fundamental principles of which Marshall considered sacred.
"John Marshall and the Constitution" by Edward S. Corwin
That has been the status quo for many years here.
"The Vultures" by Henry Seton Merriman
Obviously a status quo, commercially imperialistic democracy, which the awakening liberal was bent upon abolishing.
"An Essay On The American Contribution And The Democratic Idea" by Winston Churchill
Very interesting ... very important ... very difficult to alter the status quo.
"Waste" by Granville Barker
Under the circumstances he was satisfied with the status quo.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

IF thou to be a slave shouldst will,
Thou'lt get no pity, but fare ill;
And if a master thou wouldst be,
The world will view it angrily;
And if in status quo thou stay,
That thou art but a fool, they'll say.
"Neither This Nor That" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

After coming so close in last season's NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't ready to start the new season by merely maintaining the status quo.
SCOTT SUTTELL Status quo may be left in place for handling coal ash.
Injunction preserves Planned Parenthood's status quo.
It was status quo at Chicago Blackhawks practice on Tuesday as all hands -- minus the reportedly concussed Steve Montador -- were on the ice.
Status quo at Sounders training.
Mica Sees No Status Quo.
New song – Status Quo.
He showcases artists whose works push the boundaries of the status quo.
Can the Status Quo Be Maintained.
In Chicago, the nation's third largest school system starts a new school year at a crossroads: a new mayor and his new schools chief are trying to shake up the status quo.
The UC Davis pepper spray incident aside, today's college students appear too distracted to mount memorable protests against the status quo.
So we have a Washington reset that is essentially the status quo squared: Democrats in the White House and firmly in control of the Senate, while Republicans hold the House of Representatives.
Let's be clear -- the immigration status quo is unacceptable.
Shaking up the status quo.
Emanuel says support of incumbents in runoffs doesn't mean he wants status quo.
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In science:

The current status-quo cannot help because the chemical potential in the thermodynamics accounts only for the chemical identity of a single entity and allows associating of arbitrarily large number of entities which immediately allows growing of a fluctuation to arbitrarily large size.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
The results of these papers change the status quo in the gauge/gravity duality, since until recently the only non-trivial superconformal QGT in the context of AdS/CFT was provided by Klebanov and Witten (KW) .
On the pp-wave limit and the BMN structure of new Sasaki-Einstein spaces
This value, also known as decision probability, is given by the percentage of the constellation of votes, which make a proposal pass: The higher the efficiency the easier to change the status quo, the lower the efficiency the easier to block a change.
Invariably Suboptimal - An attempt to improve the voting rules of Treaties of Nice and Lisbon
The higher the effectiveness the easier to change the status quo, the lower the rate the easier to block a change.
Invariably Suboptimal - An attempt to improve the voting rules of Treaties of Nice and Lisbon
Unfortunately, the effectiveness of Nice hardly allows changes of the status quo.
Invariably Suboptimal - An attempt to improve the voting rules of Treaties of Nice and Lisbon
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