V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a point where no agreement can be made, and progress is halted; 2. a road with only one way to get in and out
Synonyms: standstill, deadlock, stalemate, quandary, dead end, gridlock, jam
Antonyms: solution, answer
Tips: To understand the meaning of the word impasse, simply break it down. When you combine the Latin prefix im- "not" with passe "pass," impasse means "not able to pass." Impasse represents a point where people cannot move forward.
After days of talks, labor negotiations hit an impasse. (deadlock, dead end, stalemate)
I couldn't take my usual route to work because construction had created an impasse. (dead-end)
Because the jurors had hit an impasse, the judge had to declare a mistrial. (deadlock, stalemate)
The negotiations reached an impasse when neither side could agree on the price of the product. (deadlock, stalemate)
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