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adv. or down·wards (-wərdz)
1. In, to, or toward a lower place, level, or position: floating downward.
2. Toward a lower position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: slid downward into poverty.
3. Toward the feet or lower parts: clothed from the waist downward.
4. Toward a lower amount, degree, or rank: stocks plummeted downward.
5. From a prior source or earlier time: passed downward through the ages.
Directed toward a lower place or position: downward movement.

down′ward·ly adv.
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Adv.1.downwardly - spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position; "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and skied down"; "prices plunged downward"
up, upward, upwardly, upwards - spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position; "look up!"; "the music surged up"; "the fragments flew upwards"; "prices soared upwards"; "upwardly mobile"
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This compared with a downwardly revised 50.7 reading in March and analysts' expectations for a 51.2 reading.
We have downwardly revised our current account surplus forecast to 1.0% of GDP in 2016 and 1.7% in 2017 due to continued weakness in oil exports.
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