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impasse

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noun im·passe \ˈim-ˌpas, im-ˈ\

Simple Definition of impasse

  • : a situation in which no progress seems possible

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impasse

  1. 1 a :  a predicament affording no obvious escape b :  deadlock

  2. 2 :  an impassable road or way :  cul-de-sac

Examples of impasse in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. An arbitrator was called in to break the impasse.

  5. She had reached an impasse in her career.



Origin of impasse

French, from in- + passer to pass


First Known Use: 1851


Law Dictionary

impasse

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noun im·passe \ˈim-ˌpas, im-ˈpas\

Legal Definition of impasse

  1. :  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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