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[doun-sahyd] /ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd/
the lower side or part.
a downward trend, especially in stock prices.
a discouraging or negative aspect.
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 of downside
1675-85; down1 + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for downside
  • 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.
  • The turbines' influence on temperatures could also have a downside for crops.
  • But the increase in foraging hours can have its downside, putting animals on the prowl at risk for predation.
  • But there's a potential downside-the birds' stench may serve other purposes.
  • The only downside is that they have to live under ice for half the year when the river is frozen.
  • The downside is that they can only be delivered by injection.
  • There is an occasional downside to this national desire to be accommodating.
British Dictionary definitions for downside


the disadvantageous aspect of a situation: the downside of twentieth-century living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for downside

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



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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