the status quo

the status quo

The condition or state of affairs as it already exists or operates. Despite their myriad promises, politicians are inevitably more interested in maintaining the status quo, which is more profitable for them and their corporate buddies.
See also: quo, status

status quo

The existing condition or state of affairs, as in We don't want to admit more singers to the chorus; we like the status quo. This term, Latin for "state in which," has been used in English since the early 1800s.
See also: quo, status

the status ˈquo

(from Latin) the situation as it is now, or as it was before a recent change: The conservatives are keen to maintain the status quo.
See also: quo, status
References in classic literature ?
The cycle ends in a condition of quiescence, or of such action as tends only to preserve the status quo.
In order to challenge the status quo that maintains institutional racism, all of these areas must be addressed.
For now, the status quo is maintained, but the balancing act between Hong Kong and China creates tension that keeps local choreographers and Sinophiles on edge.
At root GBM is always loud, raw, bluesy, and iconoclastic; it is a break with the status quo yet an extension of tradition; it is democratic in execution yet solicitous of the unique contribution of the individual; and it is celebratory of the present and adaptive to current conditions hence the emphasis on compositional and articulational improvisation (i.
No one liked the status quo, but every time someone tried to do something about it, something went wrong.
But in reality, when new technology enters an industry, the status quo is short-lived: In most cases a business either adopts the new technology or it slips competitively.
Keeping a faulty auto design despite the availability of safer alternatives and continuing to commit resources to a failing business venture are examples that illustrate the status quo tendency: When faced with decisions about changing goals and plans, decision makers frequently will decide to continue with the existing course of action.
Wilfredo Lapitan, the division clerk of court, said the parties were ordered to 'maintain the status quo prevailing' before the lower court judge released her questioned orders.
Both the department and the provincial Traffic Department will brief the committee on the status quo for motor vehicle licensing (first issue and renewal); percentage allocation on licensing fees at agencies (municipalities); licensing system back up; current challenges and planned interventions for motor vehicle licensing; implementation strategy for scholar transport including beneficiary schools.
The Status Quo December gig at the NEC is as regular as Santa a few weeks later
A Vision Committee that weighed government options eliminated the status quo as one of them.
This is a term coined, and mainly used by those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo at the expense of progressive change and should be viewed with suspicion.
He draws attention to the systemic and all-pervasive trend wherein both public schools and institutions of higher learning effectively promote the status quo rather than egalitarian social change.
One can almost hear the groans of the status quo defenders.