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stalemate

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noun stale·mate \ˈstāl-ˌmāt\

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

Full Definition of stalemate

  1. 1 :  a drawing position in chess in which a player is not in checkmate but has no legal move to play

  2. 2 :  a drawn contest :  deadlock; also :  the state of being stalemated

Examples of stalemate

  1. The budget debate ended in a stalemate.

  2. The new agreement could break the stalemate.

  3. The budget debate ended in stalemate.



Origin 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

Rhymes with stalemate

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stalemate

transitive verb stale·mate

Definition of stalemate

  1. :  to bring into a stalemate



1765

First Known Use of stalemate

1765



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