Status quo  

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  1. The state of things; the way things are, as opposed to the way they could be; the existing state of affairs.

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Status quo is a Latin term meaning the present existing state of affairs, or "the state in which". To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they currently are. The related phrase status quo ante, means "the state of things as it was before."

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