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

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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

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Finally, the biggest downside may be price, Thomas says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Do Weighted Blankets Even Do Anything for Anxiety?," 7 May 2019 The only downside to this possibility is that being the Night King would ultimately erode Jon’s good personality and turn him evil, just like the last Night King, AnghkoR_ writes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: 18 Fan Theories to Know," 18 Mar. 2019 The only downside at the moment is that the launcher downloads games in 500MB blocks at the beginning of each month, rather than installing games a day at a time. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Super Meat Boy for free, Sega teases a Catherine port," 4 Jan. 2019 The only downside is that thoughtful formulas take work to create, and that effort often translates into a heftier price tag. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Best Natural Beauty Deals From Credo's Friends and Family Sale," 1 Nov. 2018 The only downside is that even the most tricked out rig will likely be limited to its current continent thanks to expensive export fees and regulations. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Off-road camper fits in a shipping container for overseas travel," 21 Aug. 2018 Her latest though, showed a downside you don't see written about in mommy-to-be books: the possibility of breaking your toilet seat. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Very Pregnant Jessica Simpson Shares a PSA to Moms After Breaking Her Toilet Seat," 14 Feb. 2019 During her run for the presidency Hillary Clinton presented few solutions to the problems created by the downside of her husband’s policies. The Economist, "The special relationship once enriched Britain’s politics. No longer," 5 July 2018 Mila Kunis is getting real about the downside of fame. Stephanie Petit,, "Mila Kunis Says Tabloid Gossip Causes 'Stress' on Her Family 'Nobody Will Understand'," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of downside

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of downside

What It Is

Downside refers to an investment's potential loss in value.

How It Works

Let's pretend you purchase 100 shares of Company XYZ at $5 per share, for a total investment of $500. If the shares subsequently fall to $1 per share, your downside equals ($5-$1 = $4) per share, or $400.

The reverse is true for people who short stocks: For them, upside comes when the stock price falls.

Why It Matters

Downside is the fundamental motive for avoiding any investment. The size of the downside, of course, varies with the investment -- and with the risk associated with that investment. Higher-risk investments generally have more downside (but they have more upside, too); low-risk investments generally have less downside and are thus primarily concerned with preserving the value of the original investment.

Ultimately, expected upside and downside are based on estimates and educated guesses. No analyst or investor can predict the future, thus making upside and downside inherently unpredictable.

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English Language Learners Definition of downside

: a part of something that you do not want or like : a drawback or disadvantage

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