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downside

[doun-sahyd] /ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
the lower side or part.
2.
a downward trend, especially in stock prices.
3.
a discouraging or negative aspect.
adjective
4.
of or involving a decline, especially in stock prices:
The downside risk on this stock is considered far greater than the potential for gain.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; down1 + side1
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  • There is an occasional downside to this national desire to be accommodating.
British Dictionary definitions for downside

downside

/ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
the disadvantageous aspect of a situation: the downside of twentieth-century living
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Word Origin and History for downside
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for downside

downside

noun

The depressing or deflating aspect of something; the bad news: the more ability and ambition you need to survive the ''down-side'' of this evolutionary process/ It sounds a little too perfect. What's the downside?/ Developments of the past decades have surely had their down side (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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