|1.||the last line of a financial statement that shows the net profit or loss of a company or organization|
|2.||the final outcome of a process, discussion, etc|
|3.||the most important or fundamental aspect of a situation|
The last line in an audit, which shows profit or loss.
Note: By extension, “bottom line” refers to the final, determining consideration in a decision.
Note: “Bottom line” also has a derogatory implication when it refers to those people whose attention to the bottom line prevents them from recognizing the value of anything else.