bottom-line

adjective
bot·​tom-line | \ ˈbä-təm-ˌlīn How to pronounce bottom-line (audio) \

Definition of bottom-line

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : concerned only with cost or profits

bottom line

noun

Definition of bottom line (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the essential or salient point : crux
b : the primary or most important consideration
2a : the line at the bottom of a financial report that shows the net profit or loss
b : financial considerations (such as cost or profit or loss)
c : the final result

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Other Words from bottom-line

Adjective

bottom-liner \ ˈbä-​təm-​ˌlī-​nər How to pronounce bottom-liner (audio) \ noun, chiefly US, often disparaging

Examples of bottom-line in a Sentence

Noun

If our flight is late, we will miss our connection. That's the bottom line. A student with special needs can stress a school's budget, but the bottom line is that the state must provide for the child's education. How will these changes affect our bottom line? He's always got his eye on the bottom line. He says his bottom line is $120,000.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bottom line is riders are seeing fewer needles. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Needles on wane in BART trains and stations, another sign of fentanyl’s rise," 7 July 2019 And to film studios like Marvel, the bottom line is what matters most. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 The bottom line is fuzzy given the tardiness in receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars for the cost of cleaning up after the pounding the county received from Irma in September 2017. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Delay in $7.8M FEMA reimbursement throws hitch into Lake County budget planning," 28 June 2019 The bottom line is not every artist is going to agree to a venue change or a schedule push if that’s still a reasonable thing to pursue. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "New downtown Huntsville music venue’s future in doubt," 26 June 2019 Sánchez Cárdenas said the bottom line was that there was nothing nefarious about the rash of the U.S. tourist deaths dogging the country since first making headlines in the spring. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it 'ludicrous'," 25 June 2019 The bottom line is that a woman's choice to groom—or not groom—her body hair is her choice, and her choice alone. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "In Her Smell, Cara Delevingne Makes the Case for Armpit Hair," 19 Apr. 2019 M'Evie Mead, director of Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, stressed after the hearing that the bottom line is that the clinic remains open. chicagotribune.com, "Missouri rejects license for last abortion clinic in the state — will stay open under judge’s order for now," 22 June 2019 The bottom line is that much of the language around food and nutrition that is batted around today traps us into a reductionist, all-or-nothing way of thinking that prevents us from achieving true well-being. Ellie Krieger, Houston Chronicle, "Here are the diet terms that make dietitians cringe," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of bottom-line

Adjective

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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bottom line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bottom line

: the most important part of something : the most important thing to consider
: the final result or outcome
: a company's profits or losses

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