downward

adverb
down·ward | \ˈdau̇n-wərd \
variants: or downwards \-wərdz \

Definition of downward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : from a higher to a lower place

b : toward a direction that is the opposite of up

2 : from a higher to a lower condition

3a : from an earlier time

b : from an ancestor or predecessor

downward

adjective

Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : moving or extending downward

2 : descending from a head, origin, or source

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Other Words from downward

Adjective

downwardly adverb
downwardness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downward

Synonyms: Adverb

below, down, over

Synonyms: Adjective

bowed, down, downcast, lowered

Antonyms: Adverb

up, upward (or upwards), upwardly

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Examples of downward in a Sentence

Adverb

The mountain streams flow downward to the lake. Mud covered his pants from the knees downward.

Adjective

Sales continued their downward trend. the downward revision of an estimate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The previous month’s building-permits data were revised slightly downward, with permits issued falling 4.7% to C$7.87 billion, versus the earlier estimate of a 4.6% decrease. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada Housing Starts Climbed 28% in June," 10 July 2018 Your sleep position Sleeping on your side may cause breasts to sag more over time, says Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, Health’s contributing medical editor, since one will dangle downward and its ligaments can become stretched. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "7 Things You Can and Can’t Do About Saggy Breasts," 20 Mar. 2018 Sadio Mane’s cross from the left looked harmless until Bailly tried to acrobatically clear it, but only succeeded in volleying it downward and backward into his own net. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Rashford nets brace as Man United upend Liverpool," 10 Mar. 2018 Hate crimes had been trending downward in California for years, records show. James Queally, latimes.com, "Hate crimes rise in California for third straight year, state report says," 10 July 2018 And since hitting an all-time high in 2012, Canada’s incarceration rate is slowly trending downward, too. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Canada’s indigenous population is overrepresented in federal prisons — and it’s only getting worse," 1 July 2018 Its national debt is trending steadily downward, from a peak of 80% of GDP in 2012, to 64% last year, to below the EU standard of 60% in 2019, if projections hold. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Don’t Count on an Aging Germany to Save the Euro," 21 June 2018 All the red Solo cups rushed downward, showering me in beer. Minda Honey, Longreads, "A Farewell to Fuckboys in the Age of Consent Culture," 13 Apr. 2018 Since then the lead slowly trended downward, hitting a low of 3.2 percent on the last day of May. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Look Good Again on Key Midterm Polling Numbers," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bring friends and family and spend the day in the park practicing downward dog and back bends, see a fashion show, or simply meditate in the sun. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Vans Warped Tour, San Diego International Fringe Festival, 'Avenue Q'," 22 June 2018 Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici said the downward revision was due to external factors such as U.S. trade uncertainty and high oil prices. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "The EU Just Slashed the Eurozone Growth Forecast Because of U.S. Trade War Tensions," 12 July 2018 The downward revision highlights the fallout from mounting trade tensions between the EU and U.S. President Donald Trump, whose steel and aluminum tariffs on European exporters in June drew retaliation from Brussels on American products. Emre Peker, WSJ, "Europe Sees Trade Tensions With U.S. Eating Into Economic Growth," 12 July 2018 The stock rose 33 cents to $138.32 Friday, bucking the downward trend of most other banks. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "PNC Earnings Boosted by Increase in Lending," 13 July 2018 This downward trend can be explained by growing economies of scale and vertical integration. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 But that downward trend that slowed sharply in Trump’s first year has now reversed entirely. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 Moving into the week temperatures should continue a gradual downward trend, Fisher said. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Crews work to restore power to L.A. County residents and businesses as heat wave continues," 8 July 2018 To be specific, the number of new shortages totaled 39 drugs and biologics, bucking a downward trend that was registered during each of the previous two years, when new shortages amounted to 26, according to a new FDA report. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA says drug shortages fell last year, but don’t blame the agency for persistent problems," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of downward

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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downward

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from a higher place or level to a lower place or level

: toward the ground, floor, etc. : not up

: toward people with less power, money, etc.

downward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: moving or going from a higher place or level to a lower place or level

: moving or going toward the ground, floor, etc.

: changing to a smaller amount or lower number

downward

adverb
down·ward | \ˈdau̇n-wərd \
variants: or downwards \-wərdz \

Kids Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from a higher place, amount, or level to a lower one The company's sales continue to go downward. Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it stood.— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

downward

adjective

Kids Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: going or moving from a higher place, amount, or level to a lower one a downward slope

downward

adjective
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Legal Definition of downward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: going from a higher to a lower level a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines

downward

adverb

Legal Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: from a higher to a lower level instead of following the sentencing guidelines, the court departed downward

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