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Adverb
Towards a position further back
“His head would suddenly move backwards when he heard something in the courtroom that pointed to the truth about his involvement in their deaths.”
Adverb
In the opposite direction
“Irene glanced backwards and saw that there was no man there.”
Adverb
In the reverse of the usual order or direction
“A three-digit number was presented, and participants were instructed to count backwards by threes for 10 seconds.”
Adverb
Towards or into a worse state
“We're seeing a majority of the population slide backwards economically and into despair.”
Adverb
To the past
“Another layman's plaint against our law is that we're always looking backwards instead of forward.”
Adverb
The other way round
Adverb
In a retroflexive manner
Adverb
Having the inner surface turned outwards
Adjective
Reversed in orientation
“The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror.”
Adjective
(derogatory) Behind current trends or technology
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“Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice.”
Adjective
Clumsy, inept, or inefficient, especially in learning
“He may have been a backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the athletics field.”
Adjective
Having made less progress than is normal or expected
“It cannot be considered a backwards culture, but rather has to be seen as a different culture.”
Adjective
Towards a position behind or to the rear
Adjective
Placed upside down
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