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Adjective
Towards a position behind or to the rear
“With a backward lunge, he threw himself clear of the closet, perhaps trying to shield her.”
Adjective
Moving into a former worse state
“He has never flinched, never buckled, never taken a backward step in defending the rights of our editors and journalists to find the news and report it in a fair and balanced way.”
Adjective
Having made less progress than is normal or expected
“It cannot be considered a backward culture, but rather has to be seen as a different culture.”
Adjective
Old-fashioned or out of date
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“Our technology is rather backward and in dire need of an upgrade.”
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Having views or opinions considered ignorant or uneducated
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“Clearly, this has happened because some hotels will only allow dogs, but not cats! I am baffled by such backward thinking.”
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Displaying a hesitant or reticent manner, especially in expressing oneself
“The opponents are not backward about speaking their minds freely on the subject.”
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Having a shy or bashful nature, especially in expressing oneself
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“They want money and are not backward about asking for it.”
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(of a time period) Lacking intellectual progress
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Turned around
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Changed to a contrary or counterchanged order or direction
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Slow to act
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(of a place) Lacking in progression or development
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Irresolute and hesitant
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Basely or weakly fearful
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Mentally deficient or underdeveloped
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Located at the rear (most often said of animals' body parts)
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Doing something or taking place after the expected, proper, or usual time
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Looking back on or dealing with past events or situations
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Foolish or lacking in sense
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Distasteful, crass or vulgar in nature
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Adverb
Towards a position further back
“His head would suddenly move backward when he heard something in the courtroom that pointed to the truth about his involvement in their deaths.”
Adverb
In the opposite direction
“Their orders were that if they perceived their own countrymen surrounded by the army, they should turn backward, and charge the barbarians.”
Adverb
Turned so that the back is now at the front
“His shirt is on backward, but he doesn't care.”
Adverb
Late
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