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  • A decline in economic, business, or other activity.

    ‘a downturn in the housing market’
    • ‘While most companies plan for economic or business downturns, they do not do the same level of preparation for disaster.’
    • ‘Like many other dotcoms it's been hit by the economic downturn and the global decline in advertising revenues.’
    • ‘Overproduction leads to declines in profits and sharp downturns in the business cycle, and a viable balancing of production, distribution, and demand is referred to as a regime of accumulation.’
    • ‘The economist said the downturn in the US economy had played a major part in a change in sentiment.’
    • ‘By the mid 1960s, confidence in the government's ability to utilize fiscal and monetary policy tools led many to believe that cyclical downturns in the economy were a thing of the past.’
    • ‘Beaten-down big caps with the financial power to weather the inevitable downturns in business can offer investors spectacular rewards when the economy recovers.’
    • ‘Thus, the expected growth from the single market may have been held back by the downturn in the business cycle.’
    • ‘Throughout most of the history of the United States, business downturns have been relatively brief - perhaps a year long at most - and recoveries have come soon afterward.’
    • ‘Critics have previously argued that the stability pact hampers growth by preventing euro zone governments from boosting public spending to stimulate their economies during downturns.’
    • ‘‘This contraction was expected as economies worldwide succumbed to downturns,’ the department said in a statement.’
    • ‘Tighter border security is sure to slow import growth even more in coming months, although lower imports will worsen downturns in economies around the world.’
    • ‘That's because highly levered businesses suffer in downturns as debt service eats into margins, and increases the risk of default.’
    • ‘In past downturns, software spending declines usually trail the rest of the technology industry by six to nine months.’
    • ‘The downturn in economic activity in Ireland in the second half of last year was unique in the context of previous downturns in the Irish economy.’
    • ‘Out of all the sectors affected by the downturn, special activities holidays have fared best.’
    • ‘It is easy to blame the general downturn for the decline in telecom capital spending.’
    • ‘There is a great deal of irresponsible leading going on and a downturn in the economy will expose it hurting all concerned.’
    • ‘And with the prolonged stock market downturn, employers are running out of the time for smoothing out prior losses.’
    • ‘Tech companies blame the sharp downturn in their industry for the big write-offs.’
    • ‘Over the years it has been shown that some businesses are better at weathering cyclical downturns than others.’
    setbacks, upsets, reverses, reversals, reversals of fortune, downturns, mishaps, strokes of ill luck, strokes of bad luck, accidents, shocks, vicissitudes, crises, catastrophes, tragedies, calamities, trials, crosses, knocks, burdens, blows, buffets



/ˈdounˌtərn/ /ˈdaʊnˌtərn/