- the lower side or part.
- a downward trend, especially in stock prices.
- a discouraging or negative aspect.
- of or involving a decline, especially in stock prices: The downside risk on this stock is considered far greater than the potential for gain.
Origin of downside
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Jacob arrived in the evening at Downside with a basket of shells.
As he had missed meeting the lawyer at Downside, he must ride over to Morbury to him.
They set out, and Harry went to order his horse to ride to Downside.
The day was now drawing on, and Harry began to think of returning to Downside.
“Listen,” he exclaimed, trying to force her back from Downside.
- the disadvantageous aspect of a situationthe downside of twentieth-century living
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Word Origin and History for downside
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