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 of downside from the Web
Few places have seen more of a surge in pro-building sentiment than the Bay Area, where development has traditionally been hampered by objections from neighbors concerned with the downsides of density.
After all, that’s how President Trump spent much of his life, hawking condos by spinning downsides as upsides.
Bond Connect does away with onerous requirements for outsiders and eases worries about taking profits out of China, but downsides include worries about the depreciating yuan and reliability of China’s domestic credit rating agencies.
Oklahoma doesn't come without its share of downsides.
The downside of making the playoffs 10 years running was never getting a prime pick.
But according to Chrissy, there is one downside to having this kind of access.
The pace to award the $11.8 million, two-year contract caught the eye of the county’s Office of the Inspector General, which issued a June 12 report noting some downsides to the proposal.
Seafood, eggs, 100% whole-grains and legumes fill you up without a nutritional downside. 2.
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First Known Use of downside
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.
DOWNSIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of downside for English Language Learners
: a part of something that you do not want or like : a drawback or disadvantage
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