Pronunciation: (doun'wurd), [key]
1. Also,down'wards.from a higher to a lower place or condition.
2. down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
3. from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
1. moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
2. descending from a source or beginning.
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