Status Quo

From Etymonline

status quo (n.)

“unaltered condition,” 1833, from Latin status quo “the state in which,” hence “existing state of affairs.” Also status quo ante “the state in which before, state of affairs previous” (1877). Related: Status-quoism.

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From The Cambridge Dictionary

the status quo

the present situation:

Certain people always want to maintain the status quo.

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From Merriam Webster

Status Quo

Definition of status quo

: the existing state of affairs

seeks to preserve the status quo

the status quo

Definition of the status quo

: the current situation:the way things are now

He’s content with the status quo and isn’t looking for change.

She wants to maintain the status quo.

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From Wikipedia

Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social, political, or military issues. In the sociological sense, the status quo refers to the current state of social structure and/or values. With regard to policy debate, it means how conditions are, contrasted with a possible change. For example: “The countries are now trying to maintain the status quo with regard to their nuclear arsenals.” To maintain the status quo is to keep things the way they presently are.

The related phrase status quo ante, literally “the status before”, refers to the state of affairs that existed previously.

Political usage

Via social movements the status quo might be overhauled. These seek to alleviate or prevent a particular issue and often to shape social feeling and cultural expression of a society or nation. The status quo is at least in part rejected by their protagonists – progressives – leading the movement.

Advocating to improve the status quo is a persuasive rhetorical device. This is sometimes critiqued as a policy of deliberate ambiguity as not formalizing or defining the adverse situation.

In democratic meetings, a casting vote will often be subject to a custom that is cast per the status quo, the heart of Speaker Denison’s rule. Clark Kerr reportedly said: “The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed”.

Karl Marx viewed organized religion as a means for the bourgeoisie to keep the proletariat content with an unequal status quo.

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From Wikipédia

Statu quo

Statu quo est une locution francisée qui vient de la locution latine in statu quo ante… signifiant littéralement : « en l’état où (cela était) auparavant ». Cette locution est principalement utilisée pour désigner une situation figée, que l’on trouve dans des expressions typiques comme : « maintenir le statu quo » ou « revenir au statu quo ».

Histoire

  • En diplomatie, l’expression in statu quo ante bellum fuerant était utilisée dans les traités de paix pour exprimer qu’il fallait rétablir l’état de choses (les frontières, notamment) prévalant avant la guerre.
  • En Palestine, Le Statu quo désigne la situation dans laquelle se trouvent les communautés chrétiennes de la Terre sainte dans leurs relations avec les gouvernements de la région, notamment dans le contrôle des sanctuaires des principaux lieux saints chrétiens. Il prévaut depuis 1757.
  • En Israël, le terme de statu quo se réfère à un accord informel conclu en 1947 entre les dirigeants laïcs du mouvement sioniste en Palestine et les autorités religieuses juives.
  • Au Haut-Karabakh, le statu quo désigne la fixation du conflit et l’absence de progrès dans les négociations depuis 1994.