Definition of impasse in English:

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Pronunciation: /amˈpɑːs/
Pronunciation: /ˈampɑːs/


A situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock: the current political impasse
More example sentences
  • 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.
deadlock, dead end, stalemate, checkmate, stand-off;
standstill, halt, stop, stoppage, full stop


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

Words that rhyme with impasse

brass, carse, class, coup de grâce, farce, glass, grass, Grasse, Kars, kick-ass, kvass, Laplace, Maas, Madras, outclass, pass, sparse, stained glass, surpass, upper class, volte-face

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