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stalemate

noun stale·mate \ ˈstāl-ˌmāt \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of stalemate

1 : a drawing position in chess in which a player is not in checkmate but has no legal move to play
2 : a drawn contest : deadlock; also : the state of being stalemated

Examples of stalemate in a Sentence

  1. The budget debate ended in a stalemate.

  2. The new agreement could break the stalemate.

  3. The budget debate ended in stalemate.

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Origin and Etymology of stalemate

obsolete English stale stalemate (from Middle English, from Anglo-French estaler to stalemate, from estal station, position) + English 1mate — more at installment


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stalemate

verb

Definition of stalemate

transitive verb
: to bring into a stalemate

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First Known Use of stalemate

1765


STALEMATE Defined for English Language Learners

stalemate

noun

Definition of stalemate for English Language Learners

  • : a contest, dispute, competition, etc., in which neither side can gain an advantage or win

  • : a situation in chess in which a player cannot successfully move any of the pieces and neither player can win



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