Definitions

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

  • n. The line in a financial statement that shows net income or loss.
  • n. The final result or statement; upshot: "The bottom line, however, is that he has escaped” ( David Wise).
  • n. The main or essential point: "A lot can happen between now and December, but the bottom line—for now—is that the city is still heading toward default” ( New York).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The final balance; the amount of money or profit left after everything has been tallied.
  • n. The summary or result; the most important information; the upshot; the net-net.

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

  • n. the last line in an audit; the line that shows profit or loss
  • n. the decisive point

Etymologies

A reference to the literal bottom line of an income statement or other accounting record. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Summing up, she said, “The bottom line is that the writer of Conference Chronicle knows altogether too much about the murder.”

    Conferences are Murder

  • “The bottom line is that if you eat a lot of vegetables, you can cut your risk of prostate cancer by about 45 percent,” says researcher Alan Kristal, PhD.

    The Fiber35 Diet

  • Do shareholdersthe corporations ownersfeel good when corporate management picks objects of charity, unless the charitable giving feeds the bottom line as when a firm makes charitable donations to activities and institutions in the places in which it has its plants or offices?

    Creative Capitalism

  • It was the bottom line that interested Qwilleran personally: Innkeepers Carlo Helmuth and Trudy Feathering are former members of the Grand Island Club.

    The Cat Who Came To Breakfast

  • But the bottom line is that Nuzum responded to the fifty-two questions and slowly found himself a new pen pal.

    Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture

  • Joseph called Ehrman on Friday to wish him well in his new job, and Ehrman said Iran was “poorly behaved” at their meeting: It would not ratify the Additional Protocol, which would certainly be a shock to the treaty-bound German mentality, and its real bottom line was that it had no intention of giving up enrichment activities.

    Surrender is not an Option

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