noun \ˈim-ˌpas, im-ˈ\

: a situation in which no progress seems possible

Full Definition of IMPASSE

a :  a predicament affording no obvious escape
b :  deadlock
:  an impassable road or way :  cul-de-sac

Examples of IMPASSE

  1. An arbitrator was called in to break the impasse.
  2. She had reached an impasse in her career.
  3. 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

Origin of IMPASSE

French, from in- + passer to pass
First Known Use: 1851


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