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What are some alternative words/phrases for one who refuses to capitulate the status quo?

Similarly question for the capitulators of the status quo.

Alternatives I came up with are progrssionalist (positive for improving on the status quo) and, mundane perpetrators for the capitulators.

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FYI, "capitulate" is intransitive. Do you mean someone who doesn't like changing with the status quo or someone who refuses to conform to society's expectations? –  Kevin Aug 30 '12 at 3:45
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@ΜετάEd : Google did not come up with anything using number of variant related searches, if you have alternative ways of research please share. Thanks –  Arjang Aug 30 '12 at 4:44
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Progressive, “A person who actively favors or strives for progress towards improved conditions, as in society or government”, may serve better than does progressionalist. –  jwpat7 Aug 30 '12 at 7:58
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“Capitulate the status quo” and “capitulators of the status quo” are nonsense phrases. Instead use “capitulate to the status quo” and “capitulators to the status quo”. Note added word to in first phrase and changed preposition in the other. –  jwpat7 Aug 30 '12 at 8:03
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@Arjang: Alternative ways of research? How about a dictionary, a thesaurus, or Wikipedia? Do you really mean to imply that Google is the only way to do research on phrases? Moreover, I always recommend telling us what you learned, even if your research was unfruitful (e.g., "I tried Googling X, but, after looking through the results, the closest thing I could find was Y, but that doesn't work because..."). Otherwise, what makes you think that we won't spend our time running the same unproductive queries? At least let us start off where you finished up. –  J.R. Aug 30 '12 at 9:38

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For refusing to capitulate the status quo, "rebel" seems appropriate. For those that do, I'd suggest "conformist"

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