down·​side ˈdau̇n-ˌsīd How to pronounce downside (audio)
: a downward trend (as of prices)
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of downside was in 1905

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“Downside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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