downside

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noun down·side \ˈdau̇n-ˌsīd\

Definition of downside

  1. 1 :  a downward trend (as of prices)

  2. 2 :  a negative aspect <the downside of fame>

Examples of downside in a sentence

  1. He could find no downside to the car.

  2. <the downside of living in the country is, of course, the long commute to work>

1930

First Known Use of downside

1930



DOWNSIDE Defined for English Language Learners

downside

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noun down·side \ˈdau̇n-ˌsīd\

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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