Definition of status quo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


status quo

BrE BrE//ˌsteɪtəs ˈkwəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsteɪtəs ˈkwoʊ//
[singular] (from Latin)
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the situation as it is now, or as it was before a recent change to defend/restore the status quo conservatives who want to maintain the status quo They wanted a return to the status quo before the war. There are many people who wish to maintain the status quo. Word OriginLatin, literally ‘the state in which’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: status quo