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Noun: impasse  'im,pas
  1. A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
    "reached an impasse on the negotiations";
    - deadlock, dead end, stalemate, standstill
  2. A street with only one way in or out
    - blind alley, cul de sac, dead-end street

Derived forms: impasses

Type of: situation, thoroughfare

Encyclopedia: Impasse