Definition of status quo ante bellum in English:

status quo ante bellum

noun

  • The state of affairs that existed before a war.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Edmund Burke (?1730–1797), politician and author. Probably extrapolated from post-classical Latin phrases such as in statu, quo ante bellum fuerant or in eum statum quo ante bellum fuerant, after status quo.

Pronunciation

status quo ante bellum

/ˌsteɪtəs ˌkwəʊ antɪ ˈbɛləm/