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  1. an act or instance of turning down or the state of being turned down: the downturn of a lower lip in a permanent pout.
  2. a turn or trend downward; decrease or decline: The new year brought a downturn in the cost of living.

Origin of downturn

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase turn down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a drop or reduction in the success of a business or economy
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Word Origin and History for downturn

1926 in the economic sense, from down (adv.) + turn (n.).

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