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downward

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adverb down·ward \ˈdau̇n-wərd\
variants: or

downwards

play \-wərdz\

Definition of downward

  1. 1a :  from a higher to a lower placeb :  toward a direction that is the opposite of up

  2. 2 :  from a higher to a lower condition

  3. 3a :  from an earlier timeb :  from an ancestor or predecessor

Examples of downward in a sentence

  1. The mountain streams flow downward to the lake.

  2. Mud covered his pants from the knees downward.

13th Century

First Known Use of downward

13th century


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downward

adjective down·ward

Definition of downward

  1. 1 :  moving or extending downward

  2. 2 :  descending from a head, origin, or source

downwardly

adverb

downwardness

noun

Examples of downward in a sentence

  1. Sales continued their downward trend.

  2. the downward revision of an estimate

Circa 1552

First Known Use of downward

circa 1552



DOWNWARD Defined for English Language Learners

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downward

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adverb down·ward \ˈdau̇n-wərd\

Definition of downward for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


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downward

adjective down·ward

Definition of downward for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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downward

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adverb down·ward \ˈdau̇n-wərd\
variants: or

downwards

\-wərdz\

Definition of downward for Students

  1. :  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


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downward

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adjective down·ward

Definition of downward for Students

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


Law Dictionary

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downward

adjective down·ward

Legal Definition of downward

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


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downward

adverb down·ward

Legal Definition of downward

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



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