impasse

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French impasse.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

 
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impasse (plural impasses)

  1. A road with no exit; a cul-de-sac. [from 1851]
  2. (figuratively) A deadlock or stalemate situation in which no progress can be made.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIV:
      “It seems to me the thing's an impasse. French expression,” I explained, “meaning that we're stymied good and proper with no hope of finding a formula.”
    • 2010, Clare Vanderpool, Moon Over Manifest
      "Young man, this town is at a bit of an impasse. If you have any suggestion that might help, now would be the time to voice it."
    • 2022 June 12, Emily Cochrane; Annie Karni, “Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on Gun Safety”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      The agreement, which falls short of the sprawling changes championed by Democrats, is a significant step toward ending a yearslong impasse over gun reform legislation.

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ReferencesEdit

Further readingEdit

  • impasse at OneLook Dictionary Search.

AnagramsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From im- +‎ passe.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.pas/, /ɛ̃.pɑs/
  • (file)

NounEdit

impasse f (plural impasses)

  1. stalemate, impasse (situation in which no progress can be made; not used in the chess sense of stalemate)
  2. dead-end; cul-de-sac (street)

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: impasse
  • German: Impasse
  • Italian: impasse
  • Portuguese: impasse
  • Spanish: impasse

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French impasse.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

impasse f (invariable)

  1. impasse, dead-end, deadlock, stalemate
    Synonym: stallo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ impasse in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Further readingEdit

  • impasse in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

AnagramsEdit


PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French impasse.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

impasse m (plural impasses)

  1. impasse (a situation in which no progress can be made)

Further readingEdit

  • impasse” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

SpanishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Unadapted borrowing from French impasse.

NounEdit

impasse m (plural impasses)

  1. impasse

Usage notesEdit

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

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