downside

[doun-sahyd]
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:
1675–85; down1 + side1

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downside (ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd)
 
n
the disadvantageous aspect of a situation: the downside of twentieth-century living

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Word Origin & History

downside
1680s, "underside," from down (adv.) + side. Meaning "drawback, negative aspect" is attested by 1995.
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Example sentences
Worldwide popularity is in fact the sole downside of operating an icon.
The downside is that though these saws last much longer than old-style saws,
  you can't resharpen them.
The only downside is that the jewelry was of the digital variety.
The downside of our geographic freedom is that our families have been dispersed
  across the land.
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