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1. A road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac.
2. A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; a deadlock or a stalemate: reached an impasse in the negotiations.
[French : in-, not (from Latin in-; see in-1) + passe, a passing (from Old French, from passer, to pass; see pass).]
impasse(æmˈpɑːs; ˈæmpɑːs; ɪmˈpɑːs; ˈɪmpɑːs)
a situation in which progress is blocked; an insurmountable difficulty; stalemate; deadlock
[C19: from French; see im-, pass]
im•passe(ˈɪm pæs, ɪmˈpæs)
1. a position or situation from which there is no escape; deadlock.
2. a cul-de-sac.
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|Noun||1.||impasse - a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible; "reached an impasse on the negotiations"|
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
|2.||impasse - a street with only one way in or out|
thoroughfare - a public road from one place to another