Sta"tus in` quo" (?), Sta"tus quo". [L., state in which.]
The state in which anything is already. The phrase is also used retrospectively, as when, on a treaty of place, matters return to the status quo ante bellum, or are left in statu quo ante bellum, i.e., the state (or, in the state) before the war.
<-- usu. status quo -->
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