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[ stop-laws, -los ]

/ ˈstɒpˌlɔs, -ˌlɒs /

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designed or planned to prevent continued loss, as a customers order to a broker to sell a stock if its price declines to a specific amount.



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Origin of stop-loss

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use stop-loss in a sentence

  • But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.

  • That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.

  • Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.

  • How do you celebrate when happy occasions are colored by loss and absence?

  • One topic that comes up among the members, she says, is dealing with loss years later.

  • There was no doubt thought of his own loss in this question: yet there was, one may hope, a germ of solicitude for the mother too.

  • But if what I told him were true, he was still at a loss how a kingdom could run out of its estate like a private person.

  • Hence arise factions, dissensions, and loss to their religious interests and work; and these intruders seek to rule the others.

  • But I cant stop to argue about it now; and, saying this, he turned into a side path, and disappeared in the wood.

  • At twelve, or fifteen, or sixteen, or twenty it was decided that they should stop learning.

British Dictionary definitions for stop-loss


commerce of or relating to an order to a broker in a commodity or security market to close an open position at a specified price in order to limit any loss

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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