UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/æmˈpɑːs/, /ˈɪmpɑːs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɪmpæs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(impas, im pas)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
im•passe /ˈɪmpæs/USA pronunciation   n. [count;
usually singular
  1. a situation from which there is no escape:The discussions reached an impasse.
See -pass-1.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
im•passe  (impas, im pas),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a position or situation from which there is no escape;
  2. a road or way that has no outlet;
  • French, equivalent. to im- im-2 + -passe, stem of passer to pass
  • 1850–55
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stalemate, standstill, standoff, dead end.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
impasse /æmˈpɑːs; ˈæmpɑːs; ɪmˈpɑːs; ˈɪmpɑːs/ n
  1. a situation in which progress is blocked; an insurmountable difficulty; stalemate; deadlock
Etymology: 19th Century: from French; see im-, pass
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