status quo ante[an′tē]
the state of affairs existing prior to a given event
Origin of status quo anteClassical Latin
status quo ante
(plural status quo antes)
- The way things were before.
From the Latin stÄtus quÅ ante bellum erat (“the way things were before the war")
status quo ante - Legal Definition
The situation as it existed before. As things were before whatever happened or is being discussed took place. For example, status quo ante bellum is the situation as it existed before the war.