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impasse

[ im-pas, im-pas ]
/ ˈɪm pæs, ɪmˈpæs /
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noun
a position or situation from which there is no escape; deadlock.
a road or way that has no outlet; cul-de-sac.
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Origin of impasse

1850–55; <French, equivalent to im-im-2 + -passe, stem of passer to pass
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British Dictionary definitions for impasse

impasse
/ (æmˈpɑːs, ˈæmpɑːs, ɪmˈpɑːs, ˈɪmpɑːs) /

noun
a situation in which progress is blocked; an insurmountable difficulty; stalemate; deadlock

Word Origin for impasse

C19: from French; see im-, pass
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