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.

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Attempts to find a way out of the current deadlock could lead to a delay of the U.K.’s departure at least into the summer. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Brexit’s Looming Impact," 21 Jan. 2019 As the government shutdown stretches into a historical deadlock, scores of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers are reporting to airports with no clear indication of when they'll be paid. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Passenger Accidentally Brought Firearm on Flight, TSA Confirms," 14 Jan. 2019 Merkel is caught in a deadlock with her own interior minister, Horst Seehofer, whose CSU wants to turn away migrants already registered in other E.U. states. NBC News, "Trump takes aim at Merkel over immigration, crime in Germany," 18 June 2018 Farcically, even the coin toss was not decisive initially, with the referee’s first effort ending in deadlock when the coin landed on its edge in the mud. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 8 Days to Go - What if Antonio Rattín Hadn’t Been Sent Off?," 6 June 2018 Consider the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when silver or bronze medals were awarded to more than one swimmer in deadlocks with finishing times only a few thousandths of a second apart. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "You’re a Bad Investor? That Can Be Good," 19 Oct. 2018 The deadlock has moved past just border security policy. Tara Golshan, Vox, "This could be a really long government shutdown," 21 Dec. 2018 The Bulldogs had a 9-7 halftime lead, but couldn’t find the net in the third quarter as Ransom rallied to create the deadlock entering the fourth period. Steve Evans, Sun-Sentinel.com, "South Broward boys get huge fourth quarter from Alexander-Jones to make final, while Bulldogs girls fall in semifinal," 5 May 2018 In addition to clashes between the Lebanese Armed Forces and militant groups along the Syrian border, the country was crippled by political deadlock over filling the post of the president. Jeffrey G. Karam, Washington Post, "Lebanese citizens vote Sunday. Here are 4 things to know about the first parliamentary elections since 2009.," 4 May 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
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
b : impasse
c : a state in which corporate directors are unable to perform their functions because of shareholder voting

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