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Synonyms and Antonyms of stalemate

  1. 1 a point in a struggle where neither side is capable of winning or willing to give in <a new negotiator finally got both sides past the stalemate> Synonyms deadlock, gridlock, halt, logjam, Mexican standoff, impasse, standoff, standstillRelated Words dead end; bind, bottleneck, corner, dilemma, fix, hole, jam, morass, pickle, pinch, plight, predicament, quagmire, quandary, spot; difficulty; problem

  2. 2 a situation in which neither participant in a contest, competition, or struggle comes out ahead of the other <after playing chess for 16 hours, we ended the game in a stalemate> Synonyms dead heat, draw, tie, standoffRelated Words deadlock, impasse; seesaw; photo finish; horse race, toss-up

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