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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The deadlock, like the inability to form consensus on the climate goals, is a sign of the times. Charlemagne | Brussels, The Economist, "EU leaders fail to agree on who should lead the union for the next five years," 21 June 2019 In an effort to break the deadlock, civilian negotiators offered compromises that included rotating power between civilian and military leaders, according to Western officials. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sudan’s Military Abandons Talks and Opens Fire on Democracy Protesters," 3 June 2019 Just six weeks after taking office with a vow to break Britain's Brexit deadlock — which ensnared and eventually brought down his predecessor, Theresa May — Johnson's plans to lead the U.K. out of the EU are in turmoil. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Boris Johnson's brother quits Parliament over Brexit impasse as prime minister accuses opposition of ‘cowardly insult to democracy’," 6 Sep. 2019 Wolves are unbeaten in 2019/20 after Sunday's clash with the Clarets ended in deadlock, Jimenez converting a 97th-minute penalty to secure a draw. SI.com, "Wolves vs Torino Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 26 Aug. 2019 One of those four service errors snapped the 4-4 deadlock, before the serving of Stockman and a McKinney kill gave the Lady Warriors a four-point lead. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "FBCA tops FCA in showdown of city’s private school volleyball programs," 23 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the political deadlock and resentment that polarization produces goes unaddressed. Robert B. Talisse, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Political polarization is about feelings, not facts, and animosity is growing," 9 Aug. 2019 And hovering over all of this was Humphrey, rumored all winter and spring to be waiting for a deadlock, and one more chance at the presidency. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "1976: Jimmy Carter begins his march," 29 July 2019 In early August — just 14 months into the government — Salvini declared that the coalition with the Five Star Movement had failed and the only way to break the deadlock was to hold new elections. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Italy’s prime minister just resigned. What the heck comes next?," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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