status quo ante[an′tē]
status quo ante definition by Webster's New World
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the state of affairs existing prior to a given event
Origin: Classical Latin
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.