deadlock

noun dead·lock \ ˈded-ˌläk \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

deadlock

verb

Examples of deadlock in a Sentence

  1. City councilors reached a deadlock over the law.

  2. His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.

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First Known Use of deadlock

1779


DEADLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

deadlock

noun

Definition of deadlock for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

1

deadlock

noun dead·lock \ ˈded-ˌläk \

Definition of deadlock for Students

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

2

deadlock

verb

Definition of deadlock for Students

deadlocked; deadlocking
:to be unable to end a disagreement because neither side will give in The players and owners have deadlocked over pay.

Law Dictionary

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

deadlock

verb


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