Impasse definition

ĭmpăs
The definition of an impasse is something from which there is no escape or solution.

An example of impasse is a blind alley.

An example of impasse is an argument where no agreement is reached.

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A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; a deadlock or a stalemate.

Reached an impasse in the negotiations.

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A road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac.
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A situation offering no escape, as a difficulty without solution, an argument where no agreement is possible, etc.
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A road with no exit; a cul-de-sac.
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A deadlock or stalemate situation in which no progress can be made.
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A passage open only at one end; blind alley.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
impasse
Plural:
impasses

Origin of impasse

  • French in- not (from Latin in- in–1) passe a passing (from Old French) (from passer to pass pass)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • [1851] Borrowing from French impasse, from in- + passer.

    From Wiktionary