I noun alternative, aperture, contrivance, device, escape clause, escape hatch, escape valve, evasion, exception, excuse, expedient, foramen, means of escape, mechanism for evasion, opening, outlet, saving clause, uncommunicativeness, vehicle for escape, way of escape, way out II index flaw, subterfuge

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

An ambiguity in a law; an inadequacy in a law that allows a person to legally avoid complying with it, especially in tax laws.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

An omission or ambiguity in a legal document that allows the intent of the document to be evaded.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An omission or ambiguity in a legal document that allows the intent of the document to be evaded.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Loophole — Loop hole , n. 1. (Mil.) A small opening, as in the walls of fortification, or in the bulkhead of a ship, through which small arms or other weapons may be discharged at an enemy. [1913 Webster] 2. A hole or aperture that gives a passage, or the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loophole — (n.) also loop hole, mid 15c., from M.E. loupe opening in a wall for shooting through or admitting light (c.1300), perhaps related to M.Du. lupen to watch, peer; + HOLE (Cf. hole) (n.). Figurative sense of outlet, means of escape is from 1660s …   Etymology dictionary

  • loophole — [n] escape alternative, escape clause, means of escape, outlet, technicality, way out; concept 102 …   New thesaurus

  • loophole — ► NOUN 1) an ambiguity or inadequacy in the law or a set of rules. 2) an arrow slit in a wall. ORIGIN from obsolete loop «embrasure» + HOLE(Cf. ↑holey) …   English terms dictionary

  • loophole — [lo͞op′hōl΄] n. [ LOOP2 + HOLE] 1. a hole or narrow slit in the wall of a fort, etc., for looking or shooting through 2. a means of escape; esp., a means of evading or escaping an obligation, enforcement of a law or contract, etc …   English World dictionary

  • loophole — n. 1) to find a loophole 2) to close a loophole 3) a tax loophole 4) a loophole in * * * [ luːphəʊl] a tax loophole a loophole in to close a loophole to find a loophole …   Combinatory dictionary

  • loophole — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ legal, security, tax ▪ big, gaping, glaring, huge ▪ the gaping loopholes in our gun laws …   Collocations dictionary

  • Loophole — A loophole is a weakness or exception that allows a system, such as a law or security, to be circumvented or otherwise avoided. Loopholes are searched for and used strategically in a variety of circumstances, including taxes, elections, politics …   Wikipedia

  • loophole — A technicality in some legislation or regulation that makes it possible to avoid certain consequences or circumvent a rule without breaking the law, such as in the use of a tax shelter. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * loophole loop‧hole… …   Financial and business terms

  • loophole — UK [ˈluːpˌhəʊl] / US [ˈlupˌhoʊl] noun [countable] Word forms loophole : singular loophole plural loopholes something that has been left out of a law or legal document that people can use to avoid obeying it He exploited a legal loophole in order… …   English dictionary