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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



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