downside

[doun-sahyd]
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adjective
  1. 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

First recorded in 1675–85; down1 + side1
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  • Jacob arrived in the evening at Downside with a basket of shells.

    Won from the Waves

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • As he had missed meeting the lawyer at Downside, he must ride over to Morbury to him.

    Won from the Waves

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • They set out, and Harry went to order his horse to ride to Downside.

    Won from the Waves

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The day was now drawing on, and Harry began to think of returning to Downside.

    Won from the Waves

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “Listen,” he exclaimed, trying to force her back from Downside.

    Won from the Waves

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for downside

downside

noun
  1. the disadvantageous aspect of a situationthe downside of twentieth-century living
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Word Origin and History for downside
n.

1680s, "underside," from down (adv.) + side. Meaning "drawback, negative aspect" is attested by 1995.

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