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- noun The existing condition or state of affairs.
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- noun The
stateof things; the waythings are, as opposed to the way they could be; the existing state of affairs.
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- noun the existing state of affairs
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[Latin status quō, state in which : status, state + quō, in which, ablative of quī, which.]
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From Latin status ("state") (sometimes used in the ablative "statu") + quō ("in which"), the ablative of quī ("which"). From the Latin in statu quō ante bellum erat ("the way it was before the war").
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