loophole

noun
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

loophole

verb
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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That loophole works and Emerald quickly pulls out the win. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 14 Oct. 2021 San Diego school board President Richard Barrera has said the district is not offering personal belief exemptions because families may end up abusing that loophole, resulting in low vaccination rates. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 School Board President Richard Barrera has said the district is not offering personal belief exemptions because families may end up abusing that loophole, resulting in low vaccination rates. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 Lawmakers from both parties are exploiting that loophole more and more. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 That loophole was adding up to expensive headaches for taxpayers. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Some e-cigarette companies are using that largely unlitigated loophole as a lifeline. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 17 Sep. 2021 So unless you were born before Jan. 2, 1954, that loophole is indeed closed. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 5 Sep. 2021 Earlier this year, the TV Academy changed its rules to close that loophole; the rule goes into effect in 2022. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of loophole

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loophole

Noun

loop entry 3

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The first known use of loophole was in 1591

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16 Oct 2021

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“Loophole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loophole. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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loophole

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loophole

: an error in the way a law, rule, or contract is written that makes it possible for some people to legally avoid obeying it

loophole

noun
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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