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Definition of "status quo" []

  • The existing condition or state of affairs. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "status quo" in a sentence
  • "Working with Berger and Talbott, both of whom shared Lakes view that the status quo in Haiti was unacceptable and force would have to be part of any solution, Lake pushed the military option forwardeven though Clinton and Christopher remained doubtful and the Pentagon was strongly opposed."
  • "Steve Greenberg, an authority on the diffusion of music in America, reasons that rap, because of its underclass origins, appealed to middle-and upper-class youths who wished to rebel against the status quo establishment of their parents and society."
  • "There was considerably less consensus on how to go about this, with opinions ranging from the immediate suspension of all thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines to maintaining the status quo while quietly phasing in thimerosal-free vaccines in the months and years to come."