Loophole definition

lo͝ophōl
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A way of avoiding or escaping a cost or legal burden that would otherwise apply by means of an omission or ambiguity in the wording of a contract or law.
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A means of escape; esp., a means of evading or escaping an obligation, enforcement of a law or contract, etc.
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A small hole or slit in a wall, especially one through which small arms may be fired.
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A hole or narrow slit in the wall of a fort, etc., for looking or shooting through.
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(military) To prepare a building for defense by preparing slits or holes through which to fire on attackers.
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A technicality that allows a law or tax rule to be bypassed without violating the law. The term is commonly used to refer to ways of avoiding paying taxes. When a tax loophole is discovered, the U.S. Treasury attempts to close the loophole and prosecute any current and future offenders.
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The definition of a loophole is a very thin opening in a wall, or a way of getting around or out of doing something.

An example of a loophole is a tiny narrow window in a castle used to shoot through at enemies.

An example of a loophole is a person not having to pay a certain tax because of the location of their second home.

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A method of escape, especially an ambiguity or exception in a rule that can be exploited in order to avoid its effect.
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A slit in a castle wall. Later: any similar window for shooting a weapon or letting in light.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
loophole
Plural:
loopholes

Origin of loophole

  • loop hole

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • loop +"Ž hole

    From Wiktionary