V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a situation where there is contention between two sides, but progress is impossible because neither side is able to win or give in
Synonyms: stand-off, impasse, deadlock, standstill, draw
Antonyms: progress, win
Tips: Stalemate is a common term in the game of chess. When neither side is able to take action in order to win, the game is said to end in a stalemate. Stalemate can also be used in the context of negotiations, when two sides can't come to an agreement and become deadlocked.
Despite weeks of negotiations, we can't come to an agreement, and we remain in a stalemate. (impasse, standstill)
I thought I had him beat, but our chess game ended in a stalemate. (draw, deadlock)
The two countries have been in a diplomatic stalemate for years, but with the election of a new president, there is hope for a renewed relationship. (impasse, standstill)
The President called on Congress to break its stalemate and pass his legislation. (impasse, standstill, deadlock)
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