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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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 With the persistent political deadlock that has thrown Israel into a third election in 12 months, the Israeli government’s long-term policies on east Jerusalem and a possible Palestinian state remain unclear. NBC News, "Why Jerusalem's ancient past is once again the battleground for its future," 11 Jan. 2020 Alexandrov broke the goalless deadlock 9:37 into the the middle period, deflecting a shot by Yegor Zamula from the point on Russia’s power play. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Two Detroit Red Wings win gold with Canada in world junior hockey tournament," 5 Jan. 2020 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee became the only venue where that debate transpired, and faced with certain deadlock in the House, Senate Democrats never brought a war resolution to the full floor for debate. Author: Paul Kane, Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s order to strike Iranian leader sparks fresh debate in Congress over war powers," 3 Jan. 2020 But with the 3-3 deadlock, the commission is likely to stand pat for some time. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A voter roll purge on hold and a gridlocked Elections Commission," 31 Dec. 2019 The 22-year-old was sharp to pounce on a defensive error in the build-up to Inter's opening goal, while Martínez also embarrassed Mats Hummels as his stunning solo effort broke the deadlock at the Westfalstadion. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Inter: Report, Ratings & Reaction as BVB Complete Historic UCL Comeback," 5 Nov. 2019 The political deadlock in Baghdad is beginning to look like a struggle between pro-Iranian Shia groups and Iraqi nationalists. Tim Lister, CNN, "A proxy war between the US and Iran just moved a step closer," 30 Dec. 2019 Here’s a simple technique to break the deadlock: IdeaSpewing. Josh Linkner, Columnist, Detroit Free Press, "IdeaSpewing: Here is a simple technique to unlock creativity," 28 Dec. 2019 The political deadlock has been worsened by a dispute over which bloc is actually the largest in parliament. Washington Post, "Iraq crisis deepens as politicians miss deadline to name PM," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of deadlock

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Deadlock.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadlock. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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