down·side | \ˈdau̇n-ˌsīd \

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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The only major downside of 2018 so far is that the Brazilian will end the year without a trophy for either club or country., "VIDEO: Liverpool Fans Come up With Hilarious New Chant in Honour of Brazil World Cup Star," 9 July 2018 The only downside is that players who already spent money (like me) or time building their teams on the Switch won’t be able to salvage any of that progress. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Pokémon Quest is better on mobile than the Switch," 1 July 2018 Night shift: The only real downside were headlights that sat a little low and interior lights that were too bright for use while driving. Scott Sturgis,, "Traversing France in the Toyota C-HR Hybrid," 14 June 2018 The only downside to spaghetti squash is the prep work. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Why You Should Be Buying Spaghetti Squash at Costco," 7 June 2018 The only downside is there's a lot of extra land to be accounted for, and a lot of costs to offset. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From a baseball complex, to condos to Fleet Farm, here's a roundup of major developments around Lake Country," 5 June 2018 The only downside to covering these two amazing organizations is that their seasons overlap. Patrick Brennan,, "Takeaways: FC Cincinnati shows real fight in 1-1 draw at Bethlehem," 16 Apr. 2018 The only real downsides are the lack of a microSD card for extra storage and no 3.5mm headphone jack, though that is sadly absent from many top phones these days. 2. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "The 4 Best Smartphones Money Can Buy in 2018," 9 Apr. 2018 The only downside of the day was that for the first time in a long time — and despite frenetic marketing tap-dancing all winter by A’s President Dave Kaval — the A’s didn’t draw a decent crowd on Opening Day. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "A’s opener a great show for the fans who bothered to come," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of downside

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Oct 2018

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The first known use of downside was in 1930

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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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