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im·passe

 (ĭm′păs′)
n.
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)
n
a situation in which progress is blocked; an insurmountable difficulty; stalemate; deadlock
[C19: from French; see im-, pass]

im•passe

(ˈɪm pæs, ɪmˈpæs)

n.
1. a position or situation from which there is no escape; deadlock.
2. a cul-de-sac.
[1850–55; orig., a finesse (in cards) < French, =im- im-2 + passe pass]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 outimpasse - a street with only one way in or out
thoroughfare - a public road from one place to another

impasse

noun deadlock, stalemate, standstill, dead end, standoff, blind alley (informal) The company has reached an impasse in negotiations.
Translations
umpikuja
zsákutca

impasse

[æmˈpɑːs] Npunto m muerto, impasse m or f
negotiations have reached an impasselas negociaciones han llegado a un punto muerto or impasse
the government is in an impasseel gobierno se halla en un impasse

impasse

[æmˈpɑːs ˈɪmpɑːs] n (= deadlock) → impasse f
to reach an impasse → aboutir à l'impasse
The company says it has reached an impasse in negotiations with the union → La compagnie déclare que ses négociations avec le syndicat ont abouti à l'impasse.

impasse

n (fig)Sackgasse f; to have reached an impassesich festgefahren haben, einen toten Punkt erreicht haben

impasse

[æmˈpɑːs] nimpasse f inv
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