|Origin:||stale 'stalemate' (15-18 centuries) (from Old French estal; STALE) + mate ( MATE23)|
stale‧mate [uncountable and countable]
a situation in which it seems impossible to settle an argument or disagreement, and neither side can get an advantage [= deadlock]:
an attempt to break the stalemate
The discussions with the miners' union ended in stalemate.
a position in chess in which neither player can win
—stalemate verb [transitive]