loop·​hole | \ ˈlüp-ˌhōl How to pronounce loophole (audio) \
plural loopholes

Definition of loophole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2a : a small opening through which small arms may be fired
b : a similar opening to admit light and air or to permit observation


loopholed; loopholing; loopholes

Definition of loophole (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make loopholes in

Examples of loophole in a Sentence

Noun She took advantage of a loophole in the tax law. His attorney has been hunting for a loophole that would allow him to get out of the deal. tried to close a loophole in the new legislation
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The popularity of delta-8 THC came to light after businesses found a loophole in the 2018 Farm Bill that federally legalized hemp cultivation. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Biden proposes closing a tax loophole for wealthy Americans who are not required to pay taxes on art work and other nonliquid assets unless they are put up for sale. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 This is a major loophole that could allow Russia to evade sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 There was a loophole in the SWIFT penalty, said economist Noah Smith in his Substack newsletter: Russian banks can still use it for energy payments. The Week Staff, The Week, 13 Mar. 2022 The result is a giant loophole that plenty of organizations are happy to exploit. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 But there's a loophole: a slew of campaign volunteers can text unsolicited information to unsuspecting Ohioans about when to vote, who to vote for or how the race is shaping up. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 31 Jan. 2022 In this situation there is a loophole according to Israeli law. Hadas Gold, Andrew Carey And Amir Tal, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 In addition to the wrong class categorization, there was a loophole that the company was able to exploit. Ana Santos Rutschman, The Conversation, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of loophole


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loophole


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The first known use of loophole was in 1591

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25 May 2022

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“Loophole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loophole. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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loop·​hole | \ ˈlüp-ˌhōl How to pronounce loophole (audio) \

Kids Definition of loophole

: a way of avoiding something a loophole in the law


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