Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a street with only one way in or out
  2. (noun, state) a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

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Alternate forms of Impasse

Hypernyms: situation, thoroughfare

Origin of the word Impasse

  1. 1851, from Fr. impasse "impassable road, blind alley, impasse," from in- "not" + M.Fr. passe "a passing," from passer "to pass." Supposedly coined by Voltaire as a euphemism for cul de sac. more

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Words that sound like Impasse

iambic, iambus, impeach, impious, impish, impose, in a pig's eye, in vacuo, in vogue, inefficacious, inefficacy, infix, infuse, inveigh, invoice, invoke

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