Definition of downside in English:

downside

noun

  • The negative aspect of something otherwise regarded as good or desirable.

    ‘he says being a rock star is a fun line of work when you're young, but admits fame can have its downsides’
    ‘a magazine feature on the downside of fashion modeling’
    • ‘There are, however, a few downsides to the show.’
    • ‘But even the downsides should not be interpreted as whingeing.’
    • ‘The downside is that my nights are rather troublesome, and I'm not getting a lot of rest from them.’
    • ‘The downside is that if the feature makes a lot of money, very little of it will come back to Film Four.’
    • ‘There are potential downsides to this, however.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, there will be downsides to enlargement of the EU and the introduction of the new mechanisms that are being brought in on voting, etc to facilitate this.’
    • ‘Martin loves being captain, but it has its downsides, for example the mental toughness required and the massive responsibilities.’
    • ‘One of the downsides, but something, which is not uncommon in most fitness centres I have reviewed, is the lack of willing floor staff to offer advice without prompting.’
    • ‘The only downside is that driving slowly is difficult and finding a gear to settle into sedate mode is a challenge.’
    • ‘He was a cyborg but without the downsides like flaws in programming.’
    • ‘For eleven months a year we put up with all the downsides: too much traffic, too many people, restaurants behaving as though they are doing us a favour if they let us eat, too much noise, theatres sold out.’
    • ‘Unless you have the dubious pleasure of living right next door to an airport one of the biggest downsides of going on holiday is catching a flight at an ungodly hour of the day.’
    • ‘As to the arts, one of the downsides is that it can wipe out the independent groupings and what you get instead is a grouping which is acceptable to the establishment or to those who wish to control society.’
    • ‘In particular, why the euro continues to be weak and the not unconnected matter of what are the downsides for the US economy and its bullish looking near-term outlook.’
    • ‘Having a residential campus, however, has its downsides - like the campus food, which apparently was, and still is, less than appetizing.’
    • ‘One of the downsides of having bachelorhood thrust upon one after a prolonged stretch of cohabitation is that one's living standards deteriorate remarkably quickly.’
    • ‘Still, laser machining has its downsides and limitations.’
    • ‘The main downsides included being unable to easily get items that we were used to at home, mainly good bread, cheese, wine, chocolate, beauty supplies and clothes.’
    • ‘Having said this, there are some real downsides.’
    • ‘Most proposals have downsides equal to their upsides.’
    snag, drawback, disadvantage, stumbling block, catch, pitfall, fly in the ointment
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Pronunciation

downside

/ˈdounˌsīd//ˈdaʊnˌsaɪd/