Simple Definition of impasse
: a situation in which no progress seems possible
Examples of impasse in a sentence
The players are poised to strike after Thursday's games because they believe, with good reason, that if no agreement is reached by the end of the post-season, the owners will declare an impasse … —Murray Chass, New York Times, 9 Aug. 1994
We seem to have been forced into an impasse. We need to understand why space-time singularities have the structures that they appear to have; but space-time singularities are regions where our understanding of physics has reached its limits. —Roger Penrose, The Emperor's New Mind, 1989
I think the civil rights movement in its early and middle years offered the best way out of America's racial impasse: in this society, race must not be a source of advantage or disadvantage for anyone. —Shelby Steele, Harper's, June 1988
An arbitrator was called in to break the impasse.
She had reached an impasse in her career.
Origin and Etymology of impasse
French, from in- + passer to pass
First Known Use: 1851
Rhymes with impasse
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Legal Definition of impasse
: a point in especially labor negotiations at which reaching an agreement is impossible because neither party is willing to compromise or change position
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