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 downside was the Rams running game, as Todd Gurley and Malcom Brown combined for 150 rushing yards, with Gurley averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Si Wire,, "Bucs vs. Panthers Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 12 Sep. 2019 But the downside of that practice is a smaller domestic pool of top-notch postdocs. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "When Europeans do science in China," 11 Sep. 2019 The downside to all of the intrigue around the Antonio Brown signing is that a player who made the final 53 and got to the be on the sideline for the ceremony Sunday night probably will lose his job Monday to make room., "Thirty-three thoughts on the Patriots’ 33-3 win over the Steelers . . .," 10 Sep. 2019 The downside to that method is that stars can’t always be convinced to stay, even with offers of free meals for life or a country’s unconditional adoration and affection. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The important management lesson behind Bianca Andreescu’s US Open victory," 9 Sep. 2019 The downside to those improvements is that many airlines will now charge you to book your award over the phone. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Avoid Huge Taxes and Fees When Cashing in Frequent Flier Miles," 5 Sep. 2019 The downside of external GPS is yet another wire, meaning a slightly sloppier installation. Jon L. Jacobi, PCWorld, "Thinkware X700 dash cam review: Classy design with a few missing pieces," 2 Sep. 2019 The downside is that blinds generally require more of a commitment to keep clean, because the slats attract dust and grime. Alice Hurley, Good Housekeeping, "How to Buy Blinds and Shades," 27 Aug. 2019 The downside is that the AD27QD does just about everything else better. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Finding the best gaming monitors you can buy in 2019," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of downside

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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