adjective or adverb

left·​ward ˈleft-wərd How to pronounce leftward (audio)
: being at, toward, or to the left

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its mission was to push back on what its founders saw as the leftward tilt of American law schools. Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2022 The clashes with activists, who have also turned out to protest at Martinez’s home, have been emblematic of the leftward shift in Los Angeles politics. Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2022 Starting with Prime Minister David Cameron, the party began a leftward tilt that culminated in the fiasco of Mr. Johnson’s tenure. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 The leftward bloc of Behar, Goldberg and Hostin made McCain the show’s conservative contrarian, a role that seemed to come naturally to the prickly former Fox News co-host, both ideologically and personally. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Over the past month, multiple tech leaders have rebelled against the leftward shift of societal and workplace mores, arguing that their companies benefit from a more moderate, libertarian, or conservative atmosphere. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 16 June 2022 The leftward tilt of the debate also owed partly to who was not on the stage. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Still, the party’s most leftward faction has expressed no desire to pull back. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Woods fought to the end; a short, leftward tee shot on the par-4 18th left him in bogey territory. Sean Gregory, Time, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leftward was in the 15th century

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“Leftward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leftward. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
left·​ward ˈlef-twərd How to pronounce leftward (audio)
: toward or on the left
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