impasse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

[1851] Borrowed from French impasse, from French in- + passer.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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impasse (plural impasses)

  1. a road with no exit; a cul-de-sac
  2. 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."

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Further reading[edit]

  • impasse at OneLook Dictionary Search

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From im- +‎ passe.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.pɑs/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

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)

Descendants[edit]

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

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French impasse.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

impasse f (invariable)

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

Anagrams[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French impasse.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

impasse m (plural impasses)

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

Further reading[edit]

  • impasse” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French impasse.

Noun[edit]

impasse m (plural impasses)

  1. impasse

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