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English definition of “stalemate”


noun [C, U]     /ˈsteɪlmeɪt/
a situation in which neither side in an argument can win : The talks ended in a stalemate.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of stalemate noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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