status quo ante bellum

Disciplines: Latin, Political Science

The conditions before the war.

One example to the pre-war conditions is the borders.

The term is often used in the context of treaties after wars. After a war, the parties may redraw the borders in accordance with the principle of uti possidetis, status quo ante bellum, or anything in between.

The verbatim translation of the phrase is state in which things were before the war.

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