downward

[ doun-werd ]
/ ˈdaʊn wərd /

adverb

Also downwards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.

adjective

moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
descending from a source or beginning.

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Origin of downward

1150–1200; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward,Old English adūnweard.See down1, -ward

OTHER WORDS FROM downward

down·ward·ly, adverbdown·ward·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for downward

downward
/ (ˈdaʊnwəd) /

adjective

descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
descending from a beginning

adverb

a variant of downwards

Derived forms of downward

downwardly, adverbdownwardness, noun
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