deadlock

noun
dead·​lock | \ˈded-ˌläk \

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

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Examples of deadlock in a Sentence

City councilors reached a deadlock over the law. His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.

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In the event of a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would break the deadlock; he's expressed support for Kavanaugh on Twitter. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Senate Judiciary Committee Voted to Advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination," 28 Sep. 2018 On the eve of the Moon-Kim summit, an editorial in a North Korean state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, blamed the U.S. for their diplomatic deadlock. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "North Korea's offer of concessions comes with a catch for US," 20 Sep. 2018 There is no protocol for this type of deadlock and no blessings to be had for a crisis like Sweden’s. Annika Hernroth-rothstein, WSJ, "Nationalism Rises—Even In Sweden," 10 Sep. 2018 The homer broke a scoreless deadlock and provided enough cover for the Dodgers (39-35) to survive Alex Wood surrendering a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth and an eventful eighth inning in the field from new second baseman Max Muncy. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Cody Bellinger's grand slam is the big blow in Dodgers' win at New York," 23 June 2018 Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta. BostonGlobe.com, "Ball bounces Spain’s way in win over Iran," 20 June 2018 Merkley’s proposal, detailed to The Washington Post in advance of its release, has several key differences from the Corker-Kaine measure unveiled last month that helped break a deadlock in the debate over war powers on Capitol Hill. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, "As Senate plans war powers debate, one liberal Democrat seeks stronger constraints on White House," 16 May 2018 Substitute Nabil Fekir came closest to breaking the deadlock in the second half, and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda did well to take a dangerous cross off Denmark star Christian Eriksen’s foot in the 29th minute. Brian Straus, SI.com, "France Keeps Growing Into a World Cup It's Talented Enough to Win," 26 June 2018 Ethiopia’s new reformist prime minister, Abiy, broke the deadlock between the two countries on June 5 by accepting the 2000 peace agreement that ended the war, which would involve ceding territory still held by Ethiopia. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Thousands cheer Ethiopian leader’s visit to former enemy Eritrea for unprecedented summit," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of deadlock

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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deadlock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deadlock

: a situation in which an agreement cannot be made : a situation in which ending a disagreement is impossible because neither side will give up something that it wants

: a situation in which players, teams, etc., have the same score

deadlock

noun
dead·​lock | \ˈded-ˌläk \

Kids Definition of deadlock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

deadlock

verb
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.

deadlock

noun
dead·​lock | \ˈded-ˌläk \

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

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