Definition of stop-loss in US English:



  • 1Finance
    Denoting or relating to an order to sell a security or commodity at a specified price in order to limit a loss.

    • ‘One stock trading rule - regardless of your approach - is to use stop-loss orders as protection from downward price movements.’
    • ‘If you bought a stock at $22 and are worried about it falling too low, you might place a stop-loss order to sell on it at $20.’
    • ‘Investors who can't monitor positions every second can place a stop-loss order.’
    • ‘Some people think that stop-loss orders are the cure for their stock market headaches.’
    • ‘The entry order should then be placed 50 pips below at 137.29, while our stop-loss order will be placed 50 pips above at 137.79.’
    • ‘It may be wisest to enter orders that first protect your downside: many wise investors use the stop-loss order, which instructs your broker to buy or sell a stock once it has reached a certain price.’
  • 2US Military
    Denoting or relating to a policy of forcibly retaining members of the armed forces on active duty beyond their original agreed period of enlistment.

    • ‘But nonetheless, the stop-loss policy is wrong; it runs contrary to the concept of the volunteer military set up in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘The lawsuit states that the stop-loss order was invoked after the 2001 terrorist attacks in the climate of an ongoing threat.’
    • ‘Eight American soldiers today launched an extraordinary legal challenge of the Army's controversial stop-loss policy.’
    • ‘But the judge ruled that when you enlist, you agree to be bound by the possibility of stop-loss orders in a national security crisis.’
    • ‘Another soldier asked about the so-called stop-loss policy which has allowed the Pentagon to indefinitely extend troops' tours of duty.’