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livelock
Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2002 

A condition that occurs when two or more processes continually change their state in response to changes in the other processes. The result is that none of the processes will complete. An analogy is when two people meet in a hallway and each tries to step around the other but they end up swaying from side to side getting in each other's way as they try to get out of the way.

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