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|1. n. (music) The accented beat at the beginning of a bar (indicated by a conductor with a downward stroke)
|2. adj. sad or pessimistic
|He sounded downbeat when asked about his future plans.
|In the closing numbers the mood is made to grow lighter, so that the final chorus with such small forces makes for a rather downbeat close, my one serious reservation.
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