Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The lower side or portion.
  • n. A disadvantageous aspect: an option with a downside as well as benefits.
  • n. A downward tendency, as in the price of a stock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disadvantageous aspect of something that is normally advantageous.
  • n. A downward tendency, especially in the price of shares etc

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a negative aspect of something that is generally positive

Etymologies

Compound of down + side. (Wiktionary)

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