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

Definition of leftward

: being at, toward, or to the left

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When several state legislatures then shifted leftward with the 2018 elections, the wheels began turning quickly. NBC News, "How #MeToo is changing sex ed policies, even in red states," 8 Aug. 2019 On one side were centrists like Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, and Steve Bullock, who tried to cast themselves as pragmatic progressives in a party that has shifted dramatically leftward. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Is the Soul of the Democratic Party," 31 July 2019 In some contested states, if the leftward presidential tilt continues, the party’s nominee and Senate candidates could wind up contradicting on almost every major issue, from immigration and race to health care and education. Washington Post, "In key Senate races, Democrats buck leftward tilt on issues," 22 July 2019 Even more than Biden’s perhaps predictable stumbles, however, the Republicans were focussed on the leftward tilt of the Democratic-policy proposals that was evident in both nights’ debates. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Kamala Harris Won in Miami, but Vladimir Putin Won in Osaka," 28 June 2019 Voters in the district are typically wealthier and more conservative than elsewhere in San Antonio, though the midterms exposed a leftward tilt that Democrats hope will expand in 2020. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "Texas House race in San Antonio could have statewide implications as Democrats work to win majority," 8 Aug. 2019 This is a major leftward shift in how Democrats would approach migrants at the border. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The 2020 Democratic immigration debate, explained," 29 July 2019 Repeatedly, the candidates mixed their policy plans with political strategy, arguing over whether their party's leftward push will only open them up to GOP criticism. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "4 Key Takeaways From Night 1 of the Second Democratic Debate," 31 July 2019 Part of Klobuchar’s strategy has been to position herself as a relative moderate in the crowded field that has often many seen of its highest profile candidates racing leftward on issues ranging from immigration to health care. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "In Democratic debate, Amy Klobuchar focused more on Trump than Sanders or Warren," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of leftward

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of leftward

: toward the left

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to make a temporary encampment

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