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left·​ward | \ ˈleft-wərd How to pronounce leftward (audio) \

Definition of leftward

: being at, toward, or to the left

Examples of leftward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But liberal commentators have noted the leftward drift of the Democratic platform. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "McGovern redux? Democrats' journey from Obama to Sanders a bet voters ready for leftism," 19 Aug. 2020 But since then, Biden has moved increasingly leftward. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Dear Biden Supporters: We Can Read, You Know," 17 Aug. 2020 For all Trump’s ravings about China, international matters typically receive less play in presidential races than do domestic issues such as jobs or health care — meaning the Biden campaign is facing relatively little leftward pressure. Michelle Cottle, Star Tribune, "In depth: The battle for Joe Biden," 28 July 2020 Colorado has shifted sharply leftward since Gardner won his 2014 election by less than two percentage points. Nicholas Riccardi And Patty Nieberg, USA TODAY, "Colorado voters decide Sen. Gardner's challenger in primary," 30 June 2020 This has recently been true even in Southern states that have experienced a leftward political trend. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump gambles on holding the line against renaming military bases," 16 June 2020 Playing the victim card allows the party to forge links with two disparate groups: older voters who feel marginalised by the leftward drift of the culture and poorer ones who feel left behind by a global economy. The Economist, "Bagehot Why Conservatives have embraced victimhood," 4 June 2020 In truth his political success was more a product than a cause of the party’s leftward shift. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020 For his devoted supporters, this was evidence both of a pronounced leftward shift in the electorate and of Mr Sanders’s ability to bring out his core supporters, especially younger voters, in large numbers. The Economist, "Bye, bye Bernie Bernie Sanders gives up as Democrats rally around Joe Biden," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of leftward

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Leftward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leftward. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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: toward the left

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