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Chess. a position of the pieces in which a player cannot move any piece except the king and cannot move the king without putting it in check.
any position or situation in which no action can be taken or progress made; deadlock: Talks between union and management resulted in a stalemate.
verb (used with object), stalemated, stalemating.
to subject to a stalemate.
to bring to a standstill.
verb (used without object), stalemated, stalemating.
to be or result in a stalemate or standoff: Negotiations stalemated when new salary demands were introduced.

1755–65; late Middle English stale stalemate (whence Anglo-French estale) (apparently special use of stale1) + mate2

unstalemated, adjective

2. impasse, standoff, standstill.
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stalemate (ˈsteɪlˌmeɪt)
1.  a chess position in which any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check: in this position the game ends in a draw
2.  a situation in which two opposing forces find that further action is impossible or futile; deadlock
3.  (tr) to subject to a stalemate
[C18: from obsolete stale, from Old French estalstall1 + mate²]

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Word Origin & History

1765, in chess, from stale "stalemate" (1425) + mate "checkmate" (see checkmate). M.E. stale is probably from Anglo-Fr. estale "standstill" (see stall (2)). A misnomer, since 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]. Fig sense is recorded from 1885.
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