Quo Meaning What is Quo? Is Quo a word?

Quo is not generally in standard use by itself because its meaning of "quoth" is archaic. It pairs well with other words, however. These quo meanings include quid pro quo, quo vadis, quo animo, and quo warranto. Quid pro quo means to expect something in return for doing something else, such as, "If you rake my leaves, I'll paint your shed." Quo vadis means, "Where are you going?" Quo animo asks about someone's intentions while quo warranto indicates a hearing to determine the particular authority that grants an office or license. When used by itself, it stands in for other words in quotations. Perhaps the most famous example of a quo definition would be the modified phrase, "Quo the Raven, nevermore."

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Quo Definition

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a favour or advantage granted in return for something


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the pardon was a quid pro quo for their help in releasing hostages

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a writ or legal action requiring a person to show by what warrant an office or franchise is held, claimed, or exercised


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rigorous quo warranto proceedings

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the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues


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they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo

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the previously existing state of affairs


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a reversion to the status quo ante

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the earliest possible date for something


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the evidence clearly establishes a terminus a quo of 1602