left·​ward | \ˈleft-wərd \

Definition of leftward 

: being at, toward, or to the left

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In the race for the party nomination in Iowa’s third congressional district, widely read as a test of the party’s leftward lurch, Sanders backed his former state director Pete D’Alessandro, but, again, no one stepped in to support his opposition. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats’ 2020 Hopefuls Refuse to Disagree (on the Midterms)," 1 July 2018 This leftward shift is likely to accelerate as 2020 approaches; many activists from whom these candidates take inspiration are now pushing to abolish prisons—except, presumably, for persons associated with President Trump. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "What’s the Matter With Westchester?," 18 Sep. 2018 And in the first two decades of the new century, across virtually every major issue, the party’s national agenda has moved steadily and significantly leftward, with no imminent signs of slowing down. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 Democrats have been locked out of the governor’s mansion for two decades, but the party is hoping the state’s leftward shift might give them a better chance at the statehouse. Jen Kirby, Vox, "What time the polls close in the June 12 primary states," 12 June 2018 Israel disputes that the current House slate represents a notable leftward shift nationally, and national party leaders have still angered liberals with some of their recruitment choices. Thomas Beaumont, The Seattle Times, "Democrats test liberal messages in midterm House elections," 11 June 2018 Conservative judicial advocates say the judicial appointments are correcting the leftward tilt of the bench. CBS News, "Man on a mission: Mitch McConnell's effort to reshape the courts," 7 July 2018 Given unions’ typically leftward political leanings, that could be particularly painful for Democrats. Alana Abramson, Time, "The Supreme Court's Union Fees Decision Could Be a Huge Blow for Democrats," 29 June 2018 Newcomers like Ocasio-Cortez and Cynthia Nixon, who is hoping to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo (Nixon and Ocasio-Cortez have endorsed each other), have already helped spur a leftward shift in some of the stances of their opponents. Bridget Read, Vogue, "28-Year-Old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Might Just Be the Future of the Democratic Party," 25 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: toward the left

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