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Definition 1: drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check - [noun denoting event]

(stalemate is a kind of ...) the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided

"the game ended in a draw" "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"

Definition 2: a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible - [noun denoting state]

Samples where stalemate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reached an impasse on the negotiations

Synonyms for stalemate in the sense of this definition

(stalemate is a kind of ...) a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

"the dangerous situation developed suddenly" "that's quite a situation" "no human situation is simple"

Definition 3: subject to a stalemate - [verb of competition]

(stalemate is a kind of ...) have a turn; make one's move in a game

"Can I go now?"

(stalemate belongs to category ...) a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king

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