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

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 While the deadlock persists, parents are left trying to figure out how to negotiate the abrupt shutdown. NBC News, 5 Jan. 2022 In its first two Euro 2020 fixtures, the side endured a 0-0 draw against Sweden and only converted one opportunity in a 1-1 deadlock with Poland. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Regulation ended in a 71-71 deadlock after Centennial twice had chances to make shots for a win. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 The party was regarded as the underdog -- so when the initial results from the April 9 election showed HRPP in a deadlock with FAST, many were surprised. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 29 May 2021 Elections held March 23 ended in deadlock for the fourth consecutive time in the past two years. Josef Federman, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2021 Netanyahu had struggled to secure a parliamentary majority since March 23 — when elections ended in deadlock for the fourth consecutive time in the past two years. Josef Federman, chicagotribune.com, 4 May 2021 Trying to adjust to the spacious lower bowl backdrop of Breslin, both teams came out ice cold in the opening quarter in a 7-7 deadlock as Kent City went 2-for-11 from the floor, while Calumet was 2 of 12. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2021 In a surprise move last month, Mr. Modi broke the deadlock by agreeing to roll back the legislation. Vibhuti Agarwal And Philip Wen, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of deadlock

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jan 2022

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“Deadlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadlock. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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 : tie

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
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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