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loophole

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noun loop·hole \ˈlüp-ˌhōl\

Simple Definition of loophole

  • : an error in the way a law, rule, or contract is written that makes it possible for some people to legally avoid obeying it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loophole

  1. 1 a :  a small opening through which small arms may be fired b :  a similar opening to admit light and air or to permit observation

  2. 2 :  a means of escape; especially :  an ambiguity or omission in the text through which the intent of a statute, contract, or obligation may be evaded

Examples of loophole in a sentence

  1. She took advantage of a loophole in the tax law.

  2. His attorney has been hunting for a loophole that would allow him to get out of the deal.

  3. tried to close a loophole in the new legislation



Origin and Etymology of loophole

1loop


First Known Use: 1591


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loophole

verb loop·hole

Definition of loophole

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make loopholes in




LOOPHOLE Defined for Kids

loophole

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noun loop·hole \ˈlüp-ˌhōl\

Definition of loophole for Students

  1. :  a way of avoiding something <a loophole in the law>




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