Meaning of impasse in English:


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  • A situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.

    ‘the current political impasse’
    • ‘By focusing on the nature of a couple's disagreements and by accepting that differences of opinion will always exist, it is possible to transform relationship impasses into greater peace and intimacy.’
    • ‘This dilemma perfectly sums up the impasse in all republican-loyalist negotiations.’
    • ‘My prediction is that dollarization will continue to help with these problems, although political impasses will sometimes occur.’
    • ‘The bill also provides a new form of assistance to overcome impasses in collective bargaining and facilitate settlement wherever possible.’
    • ‘But the current impasse arose because of the unorthodox way in which the bankers covered their own backs.’
    • ‘I have noted his appeal to doctors to desist from industrial action in their current impasse.’
    • ‘How was a player supposed to perform credibly under the current impasse? he asked.’
    • ‘If that goes ahead, and the impasse continues, another election could occur, Murphy said.’
    • ‘Answers to these questions are key to the current impasse in the endless debate on the bill.’
    • ‘Such an agreement should remain a goal, but is not essential for ending the current impasse.’
    • ‘There emerges an impotent impasse in which the actually organic aspect takes over.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, while he pursued this utopian conception, he also saw in the course of history the configuration of its crises and impasses.’
    • ‘If the impasse continues, the jockeys could take the matter to court.’
    • ‘Referenda would also possibly provide a way out of the impasse when Commons is at loggerheads with the Lords.’
    • ‘Accept that you have come to an impasse or that you agree to disagree, and bid a courteous adieu.’
    • ‘The result is an impasse, which is normally the case when blind insularity meets common sense.’
    • ‘The reflex to laugh at humorous or embarrassing situations serves an important social function, she argued, providing a way to defuse factors such as tension and shame before they turned into more damaging quarrels or impasses.’
    • ‘Better a halting dialogue between the right and left hand, full of gaping pauses and impasses, I suggested, rather than a glib ambidextrousness.’
    • ‘I changed my party affiliation at a time when my state, California, was in a big battle over energy and recalls and budget impasses.’
    • ‘An impasse was reached and the lorry remained where it was for nearly three hours, to the consternation of motorists behind.’
    deadlock, dead end, stalemate, checkmate, stand-off
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/amˈpɑːs/ /ˈampɑːs/


Mid 19th century from French, from im- (expressing negation) + the stem of passer ‘to pass’.