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Adjective
Toward the rear
“Never being backward in coming forward, we invited along a few friends to find out for ourselves what this was all about with a carefully planned taste test, at least to begin with.”
Adjective
Not comfortable around people
“… curiously, the quiet, backward man opened up when around other introverts.”
Adjective
Into a 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
Directed behind or to the rear
“The real giveaway is the female's hidden pouch, albeit backward opening, for rearing its young.”
Adjective
Having made less progress than is normal or expected
“The programme stands out from the usual Government programmes of supporting the educational needs of the socially backward students by its very approach.”
Adverb
Toward the rear
“… looking backward, we could see the town receding in the distance.”
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