Simple Definition of stalemate
: a contest, dispute, competition, etc., in which neither side can gain an advantage or win
: a situation in chess in which a player cannot successfully move any of the pieces and neither player can win
Examples of stalemate in a sentence
The budget debate ended in a stalemate.
The new agreement could break the stalemate.
The budget debate ended in stalemate.
Origin and Etymology of stalemate
obsolete English stale stalemate (from Middle English, from Anglo-French estaler to stalemate, from estal station, position) + English 1mate — more at installment
First Known Use: 1765
Definition of stalemate
: to bring into a stalemate
First Known Use of stalemate
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