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EtymologyEdit

From German Zugzwang, from Zug (move) +‎ Zwang (compulsion).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈzʌɡzwæŋ/, /ˈzuːɡzwæŋ/
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NounEdit

zugzwang (countable and uncountable, plural zugzwangs or zugzwänge)

  1. (chess) A situation in which a player is forced to make a disadvantageous move.
  2. in figurative uses
    • 2002: Carl Friedrich Graumann and Werner Kallmeyer [eds.], Perspective and Perspectivation in Discourse, page 174
      An explanation for this phenomenon may be that speech acts that include instructions (e.g., a command or request) show a higher level of activity than speech acts of assertion; the ethnomethodological analysis of conversation speaks of conversational Zugzwänge:24 a request, a question or a command demands a reaction of the addressee.

Usage notesEdit

Zugzwang typically refers to a situation in which a player is forced to make a disadvantageous move though he or she would prefer not to make a move.

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EtymologyEdit

From German Zugzwang.

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NounEdit

zugzwang m (plural zugzwangs)

  1. (chess) zugzwang

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