dead·​lock | \ ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio) \

Definition of deadlock

1 : a state of inaction or neutralization resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions : standstill the deadlock was broken with a key compromise
2 : a tie score

Other Words from deadlock

deadlock verb

Examples of deadlock in a Sentence

City councilors reached a deadlock over the law. His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.
Recent Examples on the Web Democrats and Republicans agree The 4-0 vote to adopt the Notice of Inquiry is significant, as Democrats and Republicans at the FCC are often at odds over major regulatory questions—and the commission is still stuck in a 2-2 partisan deadlock. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 The price of oil has remained volatile in the days since OPEC was last week unable to break a deadlock over oil production, with differences between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—normally staunch allies—the main hurdle to an agreement. David Hodari, WSJ, 13 July 2021 The deadlock led to a lot draw on April 7, which Price won. Drew Dawson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2022 The deadlock has led to uncertainty about who might lead Sri Lanka in the future, which could unsettle international lenders at a moment when Sri Lanka is seeking to project stability, political and economic observers say. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 That left me with ‘S_A_R’ and here’s where the real deadlock occurred. Erik Kain, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 The deadlock is the first time the Judiciary Committee has split on a Supreme Court nominee in more than three decades. Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 The deadlock was on full display earlier this month as Inc. closed its acquisition of movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer without intervention from the FTC. Brody Ford,, 30 Mar. 2022 But in recent months, the EU, U.S., South Africa and India broke away into a smaller group to try to end the deadlock. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of deadlock

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deadlock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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dead·​lock | \ ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of deadlock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a situation in which a disagreement cannot be ended because neither side will give in


deadlocked; deadlocking

Kids Definition of deadlock (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be unable to end a disagreement because neither side will give in The players and owners have deadlocked over pay.


dead·​lock | \ ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio) \

Legal Definition of deadlock

: a state of inaction resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions: as
a : the state of a jury unable to agree on a verdict — see also allen charge
b : impasse
c : a state in which corporate directors are unable to perform their functions because of shareholder voting

Other Words from deadlock

deadlock verb

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