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the existing state or condition.
the status quo, the existing state of affairs

status quo definition

The existing order of things; present customs, practices, and power relations: “People with money are often content with the status quo.” From Latin, meaning “the state in which.”
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.


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