What is "status quo"?

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I heard it several times in presidential debates, but could never figure out what it is.

Is it an idea, institution, organization, concept or a person?

I know "status", but what is "quo"? What is the origin of this term?


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I heard it several times in presidential debates, but could never figure out what it is.

Is it an idea, institution, organization, concept or a person?

I know "status", but what is "quo"? What is the origin of this term?


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it's Latin :-D "the state (status) in which(=quo)"

nowadays meaning "the existing/current state of affairs" usually employed in legal matters where it denotes the "last actual and uncontested state of affairs that preceded a controversy and that is to be preserved by preliminary injunction"
 

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So it's Latin.

Ok, Beas. I'm putting aside my ego and admit that I'm not the brightest one in the bunch. Could you give a little more information on it?

"existing/current state of affairs"

"state" means a lot of things. So state meaing a "condition", or as in Idaho "state"? a government?.......

When Edward still was in the race, during a debate he directed his comment and question at Hilary and insiuated misconducts or some sort with labbyists on Hilary's part and that he had a lot of resistance on him when trying to do the right thing. And he kept babbling this term at her: status quo, status quo.... What did it imply to?

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So it's Latin.

Ok, Beas. I'm putting aside my ego and admit that I'm not the brightest one in the bunch. Could you give a little more information on it?



"state" means a lot of things. So state meaing a "condition", or as in Idaho "state"? a government?.......

When Edward still was in the race, during a debate he directed his comment and question at Hilary and insiuated misconducts or some sort with labbyists on Hilary's part and that he had a lot of resistance on him when trying to do the right thing. And he kept babbling this term at her: status quo, status quo.... What did it imply to?

Thanks in advance.

State as in condition or situation.

In this context, he is saying "The situation as it stands now".
 

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Thanks Angelika,

You are always a great help!:-D
 

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Hi NearThere,

There are some words of me:

Status quo - [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy.

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Hi NearThere,

There are some words of me:

Status quo - [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy.

Regards.

V.

And you said you're not a teacher. Humble much?!;-)

Thanks Vil :up:
 
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