downside

noun
down·​side | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌsīd How to pronounce downside (audio) \

Definition of downside

1 : a downward trend (as of prices)
2 : a negative aspect the downside of fame

Examples of downside in a Sentence

He could find no downside to the car. the downside of living in the country is, of course, the long commute to work
Recent Examples on the Web The downside is humid conditions will linger through the morning and into the early afternoon, finally easing during the early evening. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 24 July 2022 The downside to all of that glorious clime was busy beaches. BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2022 The downside is that because the weakened vaccine virus can replicate in the gut, vaccinated people can shed the vaccine virus, which can spread if the conditions are right, mutate, and regain the ability to cause disease. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 July 2022 The downside to Camo is that a watermark remains on your video feed. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 20 July 2022 The downside is the lander’s life expectancy will drop drastically, running out of juice by the end of August or early September. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 23 June 2022 The downside is that this one isn't washable, and the cover can't be removed for cleaning. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 13 June 2022 Despite the show’s highlights, the downside arguably was the portrayal of the women who were popular during this period. al, 19 May 2022 The downside is the retailers have to start paying significantly more rent -- essentially incurring debt by adding a lot of store leases to their balance sheets. Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downside

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of downside was in 1905

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Last Updated

30 Jul 2022

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“Downside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downside. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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