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Definition of stalemate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] a disagreement or a situation in a competition in which neither side is able to win or make any progress synonym impasse The talks ended in (a) stalemate. proposals aimed at breaking (= ending) the political stalemate The strike has once again reached stalemate.
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] (in chess) a situation in which a player cannot successfully move any of their pieces and the game ends without a winner The match ended in (a) stalemate compare checkmate
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