in statu quo
[ in stah-too kwohEnglish in stey-tyoo kwohstach-oo ]SHOW IPA

adverb Latin.

in the state in which (anything was or is).

DEFINITION FOR QUO (3 OF 8)

locus in quo
loh-koo s in kwohEnglish loh-kuh s in kwoh ]SHOW IPA

noun Latin.

the place in which; the very place; the scene of the event.

DEFINITION FOR QUO (4 OF 8)

quid pro quo
kwid proh kwoh ]SHOW IPA

noun, plural quid pro quos, quids pro quo.

something that is given or taken in return for something else.

ORIGIN OF QUID PRO QUO

1555–65; Latin quid prō quō literally, something for something; see whatpro1

DEFINITION FOR QUO (5 OF 8)

quo animo?
[ kwoh ah-ni-moh; English kwoh anuh-moh ]SHOW IPA

Latin.

with what spirit or intention?

DEFINITION FOR QUO (6 OF 8)

quo jure?
[ kwoh yoore; English kwoh joo r-ee ]SHOW IPA

Latin.

by what right?

DEFINITION FOR QUO (7 OF 8)

a quo
[ ah-kwohEnglish ey-kwoh ]SHOW IPA

Latin.

from which; following from: used as a point of departure, as for an idea or plan.

DEFINITION FOR QUO (8 OF 8)

terminus a quo
ter-mi-noo s ah kwohEnglish tur-muh-nuh s ey kwoh ]SHOW IPA

noun Latin.

the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point.
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BRITISH DICTIONARY DEFINITIONS FOR QUO (1 OF 2)

quid pro quo
/ (ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ) /

noun plural quid pro quos

a reciprocal exchange
something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another

WORD ORIGIN FOR QUID PRO QUO

C16: from Latin: something for something

BRITISH DICTIONARY DEFINITIONS FOR QUO (2 OF 2)

terminus a quo
Latin (ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ) /

noun

the starting point; beginning

WORD ORIGIN FOR TERMINUS A QUO

literally: the end from which
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CULTURAL DEFINITIONS FOR QUO

quid pro quo
[ (kwid proh kwoh) ]

A fair exchange; the phrase is most frequently used in diplomacy: “The Chinese may make some concessions on trade, but they will no doubt demand a quid pro quo, so we must be prepared to make concessions too.” From Latin, meaning “something for something.”

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES WITH QUO

quid pro quo

An equal exchange or substitution, as in I think it should be quid pro quo—you mow the lawn and I’ll take you to the movies. This Latin expression, meaning “something for something,” has been used in English since the late 1500s.