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

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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 big downside is extremely limited device support: thanks to the need for multi-network support, Fi only works with a handful of Android phones. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google adds always-on VPN to its Project Fi cellular service," 13 Nov. 2018 The biggest downside is that more hours in child-care centers through age 4½ are linked to small but statistically significant behavioral problems in children. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 One of the biggest downsides to renewable sources like wind and solar is that these sources can fluctuate wildly, producing zero energy one day and more energy than necessary the next. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Wind Turbines Are Getting Less Powerful—and That's a Good Thing," 14 Sep. 2018 The biggest downside for the Warriors is that Cousins’ stay in the Bay will likely be brief. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The DeMarcus Cousins Experience Isn’t for Everyone, but Warriors Are More Than Ready," 2 July 2018 So far, the biggest downside to Rose VL's cao lau is the day it's served. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Rose VL adds cao lau, and Portland rejoices," 8 Jan. 2018 But so far, my tiny hang-up is the only real downside to our new joint-account life. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook should help us understand the link between political speech and violence," 23 Aug. 2018 The downside is that delaying the franchise’s start by a year risks dulling some of the momentum that has been building within the Seattle marketplace. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "NHL could announce October 2021 start date for new Seattle team as early as Tuesday," 3 Dec. 2018 The downside of Peters and Talib is their gambles can backfire if quarterbacks have time to throw. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFC West Offseason Report Cards: Cardinals Blitzing, Rams Spend on Defense, Garoppolo Ready to Execute, Seahawks Rebuilding," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of downside

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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downside

noun

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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downside

noun

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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