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ˈɪm pæs, ɪmˈpæsim·passe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadlock, dead end, impasse, stalemate, standstillnoun

    a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

    "reached an impasse on the negotiations"

  2. blind alley, cul de sac, dead-end street, impassenoun

    a street with only one way in or out


  1. impassenoun

    a road with no exit; a cul-de-sac

    Etymology: From (19th century), from in- + .

  2. impassenoun

    a deadlock or stalemate situation in which no progress can be made

    Etymology: From (19th century), from in- + .


  1. Impasse

    A bargaining impasse occurs when the two sides negotiating an agreement are unable to reach an agreement and become deadlocked. An impasse is almost invariably mutually harmful, either as a result of direct action which may be taken such as a strike in employment negotiation or sanctions/military action in international relations, or simply due to the resulting delay in negotiating a mutually beneficial agreement. Some theorists contend that impasses are used by negotiating parties in situations of imperfect information as a method of signalling to the other side the seriousness of their position. Impasse provides a credible signal that a party’s position is genuine and not merely an ambit claim. Impasse may also arise if parties suffer from self-serving bias. Most disputes arise in situations where facts are able to be interpreted in multiple ways, and if parties interpret the facts to their own benefit they may be unable to accept the opposing party’s claim as reasonable. They may believe the other side is either bluffing or acting unfairly and deserves to be "punished". As bargaining impasse is mutually harmful, it may be beneficial for the parties to accept binding arbitration or mediation to settle their dispute, or the state may impose such a solution. Indeed, compulsory arbitration following impasse is a common feature of industrial relations law in the United States and elsewhere.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impasse in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impasse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of impasse in a Sentence

  1. Megan Barbero:

    It is quite clear the parties are at an impasse.

  2. Han Tan:

    Global investors have had their emotions toyed with amidst the ever-shifting sands of the U.S.-China trade conflict, market nerves have been left raw, with the delicate sentiment prompting knee-jerk reactions to every nuance pertaining to the highly unpredictable U.S.-China trade impasse.

  3. Bashar Ja'afari:

    She came to support us to engage positively in the talks that would lead to an end to the Syrian crisis, for the first time, I can tell you that we were able to break the impasse, maybe in the form and a little bit in substance.

  4. Akbar Al Baker:

    We are still at an impasse. We have walked away from our first A320neo because it is more than a certain number of days late, so exercised a walk away clause.

  5. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

    I am bringing this action to ensure that legally supported expenditures can continue to be made and to address the question of how the state payroll is legally managed during the budget impasse.

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