Definition of impasse in English:


Line breaks: im|passe
Pronunciation: /amˈpɑːs
, ˈampɑːs


A situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock: the current political impasse
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  • By focusing on the nature of a couple's disagreements and by accepting that differences of opinion will always exist, it is possible to transform relationship impasses into greater peace and intimacy.
  • This dilemma perfectly sums up the impasse in all republican-loyalist negotiations.
  • My prediction is that dollarization will continue to help with these problems, although political impasses will sometimes occur.


mid 19th century: from French, from im- (expressing negation) + the stem of passer 'to pass'.

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