downside

[ doun-sahyd ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd /

noun

the lower side or part.
a downward trend, especially in stock prices.
a discouraging or negative aspect.

adjective

of or involving a decline, especially in stock prices: The downside risk on this stock is considered far greater than the potential for gain.

Nearby words

  1. downs, the,
  2. downscale,
  3. downscale ,
  4. downshift,
  5. downshifting,
  6. downsize,
  7. downslide,
  8. downspin,
  9. downspout,
  10. downstage

Origin of downside

First recorded in 1675–85; down1 + side1

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British Dictionary definitions for downside

downside

/ (ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd) /

noun

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

downside

n.

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

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