Fourth, the long-term stability of such a de facto end of conflict based on stalemate is highly questionable.
stalemate going forward may be inevitable, at least with the system our Framers built.
Fiscal Cliff Dispatch, day 35: very little movement to report on the stalemate.
By late August it looked like stalemate was almost certainly the tragic outcome of the years of war.
And once we work that out, as we age, we might even be able to work a stalemate with the Grim Reaper himself.
Again, to English eyes, the war in America approached a stalemate.
He seems to have reached a psychological impasse or stalemate.
However, at least for the moment, he had reached a stalemate.
Although, it is rather near a stalemate for us both, isn't it?
They might try to stalemate us by repeating their threat, with our guns over Rahn.
1765, in chess, from stale "stalemate" (early 15c.) + mate (n.2) "checkmate." Middle English stale is probably from Anglo-French estale "standstill" (see stall (n.2)). A misnomer, because a stale is not a mate. "In England from the 17th c. to the beginning of the 19th c. the player who received stalemate won the game" [OED]. Figurative sense is recorded from 1885.