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stalemate

stale·mate

stalemate

 
 
pronunciation:
steIl meIt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a position in chess leading to a tie game that comes about when a player is unable to make a legal move.
similar words:
draw, tie
definition 2: any situation in which a further action, offer, or the like is impossible or unlikely; deadlock.
The negotiators reached a stalemate and there was little hope for any further progress toward a settlement.
synonyms:
deadlock, impasse
similar words:
dead end, draw, Mexican stand-off, standstill
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stalemated, stalemates, stalemating
definition: to force into a stalemate.
synonyms:
deadlock
similar words:
forestall, halt, hang, paralyze, stop
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to come to or be in a stalemate, as a conflict or opponents.
synonyms:
deadlock
similar words:
halt, hang, stop