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downward

[doun-werd]
adverb
  1. Also down·wards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
  2. down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
  3. from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
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adjective
  1. moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
  2. 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
Related formsdown·ward·ly, adverbdown·ward·ness, noun
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downward

adjective
  1. descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
  2. descending from a beginning
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adverb
  1. a variant of downwards
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Derived Formsdownwardly, adverbdownwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downwardly

downward

adv.

c.1200, from down (adv.) + -ward. Old English had aduneweard in this sense. Downwards, with adverbial genitive, had a parallel in Old English ofduneweardes.

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