deadlock

noun

dead·​lock ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio)
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

Example Sentences

City councilors reached a deadlock over the law. His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.
Recent Examples on the Web The government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, which has only been in office since May, inherited a crisis management system broken by years of official neglect, political deadlock, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2022 Gina Tipton scored a breakaway goal off an assist from Katie Norris to break a deadlock in overtime against Poland Seminary, sending the Panthers to the final four. cleveland, 7 Nov. 2022 The latest turmoil follows nine months of political deadlock, bickering and accusations that have hindered the formation of a government after Sadr emerged as the biggest winner in October's parliamentary election. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 On Tuesday, Israel voted in its fifth election in under four years to end the current political deadlock. Devika Rao, The Week, 3 Nov. 2022 Israelis are heading to the ballot box for an unprecedented fifth time in four years on Tuesday, as Israel holds yet another national election aimed at ending the country’s ongoing political deadlock. Hadas Gold, CNN, 1 Nov. 2022 Nation/World JERUSALEM — For the fifth time since 2019, Israelis were voting in national elections on Tuesday, hoping to break the political deadlock that has paralyzed the country for the past three and a half years. Shira Rubin And Claire Parker, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Nov. 2022 For the fifth time since 2019, Israelis were voting in national elections on Tuesday, hoping to break the political deadlock that has paralyzed the country for the past three and a half years. Tia Goldenberg, ajc, 1 Nov. 2022 For the fifth time since 2019, Israelis were voting in national elections on Tuesday, hoping to break the political deadlock that has paralyzed the country for the past three and a half years. Tia Goldenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deadlock was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Deadlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadlock. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

deadlock

noun

dead·​lock -ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio)
: a stopping of action because both sides in a struggle are equally powerful and neither will give in
deadlock verb

Legal Definition

deadlock

noun

dead·​lock ˈded-ˌläk How to pronounce deadlock (audio)
: 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
c
: a state in which corporate directors are unable to perform their functions because of shareholder voting
deadlock verb

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