deadlock

noun
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The two Republicans -- Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann -- were involved in a brief deadlock in the county’s election certification process Tuesday before initially voting to certify. David Aaro, Fox News, "California Republicans rip Newsom’s ‘hypocrisy’ after governor caught dining out amid pandemic," 19 Nov. 2020 The near-deadlock in fundraising comes after O’Brien outraised her during the latest quarter that ended Sept. 30. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Lightfoot argues again that bars and restaurants aren’t driving COVID-19 spread | Chicago’s security plan for Election Day unrest | Foxx-O’Brien nearly tied — in money race," 30 Oct. 2020 Beyond the pandemic, consumer spending is being restrained by the deadlock in Congress over a fiscal stimulus deal. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wall Street is spooked, but it should have seen the fall coronavirus surge coming," 28 Oct. 2020 The deadlock between the White House and Congress over any additional government spending appeared to become more entrenched Wednesday. Will Horner, WSJ, "Stocks Drop on Rising Covid-19, Economic Risks," 15 Oct. 2020 The political deadlock has held up aid from the international community, led by France and the U.S., which are demanding political reform before providing assistance. Isabel Coles And Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, "Lebanon Leader Charged With Negligence for Beirut Explosion," 10 Dec. 2020 After a half-year deadlock, federal lawmakers appears to be close to a relief deal. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, "Lawmakers agree on COVID-19 business relief, but unemployment is sticking point," 10 Dec. 2020 The deadlock could hold up funds at a critical time. Washington Post, "Europe’s ‘rule of law’ standoff with Poland and Hungary becomes test over defining values," 9 Dec. 2020 With Chairman Ajit Pai planning to leave the FCC upon Biden's inauguration, the Senate's decision on Simington would make the difference between a 2-1 Democratic majority and a 2-2 deadlock. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "McConnell pushes Trump nominee toward vote that would deadlock Biden FCC," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of deadlock

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deadlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadlock. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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deadlock

noun
How to pronounce deadlock (audio)

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

deadlock

noun
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

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 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
c : a state in which corporate directors are unable to perform their functions because of shareholder voting

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