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deadlock

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noun dead·lock \ˈded-ˌläk\

Simple Definition of deadlock

  • : a situation in which an agreement cannot be made : a situation in which ending a disagreement is impossible because neither side will give up something that it wants

  • : a situation in which players, teams, etc., have the same score

Full Definition of deadlock

  1. 1 :  a state of inaction or neutralization resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions :  standstill <the deadlock was broken with a key compromise>

  2. 2 :  a tie score

deadlock verb

Examples of deadlock

  1. City councilors reached a deadlock over the law.

  2. His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.



1779

First Known Use of deadlock

1779


DEADLOCK Defined for Kids

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deadlock

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noun dead·lock \ˈded-ˌläk\

Definition of deadlock

  1. :  a situation in which a disagreement cannot be ended because neither side will give in




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deadlock

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verb dead·lock

Definition of deadlock

dead·lockeddead·lock·ing

  1. :  to be unable to end a disagreement because neither side will give in <The players and owners have deadlocked over pay.>





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