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status quo

Definition of Status Quo

(noun) The current state of a group or society.

Status Quo Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: stat·us quo

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈstætəs kwoʊ/
  • British English – /ˈsteɪtəs kwəʊ/

Usage Note

  • Plural: status quos

Related Quotation

  • “These days, most of use take birth control for granted. But that’s only because feminists fought so hard for it since the beginning of the last century. Margaret Sanger, one of the pioneers of the birth control movement, was arrested for passing out a leaflet that told women how to limit—as if mere knowledge of birth control was a threat to the status quo, which perhaps it was” (Kaufman and Kimmel 2011:18)!

Additional Information

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Kaufman, Michael, and Michael S. Kimmel. 2011. The Guy’s Guide to Feminism. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.

Cite the Definition of Status Quo

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status quo.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 27, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

status quo. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status quo.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 27, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“status quo.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 27 Sep. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/>.