What is the opposite of backward?

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Adjective
Opposite of towards a position behind or to the rear
“I watch him take a forward step, and I back myself into a corner with nowhere else to run.”
Adjective
Opposite of moving into a former worse state
“They can start small, knowing that it will take progressive steps to truly master the behavior or skill.”
Adjective
Opposite of having made less progress than is normal or expected
“The people cannot be identified, but they had an advanced civilization based on the Bronze Age culture.”
Adjective
Opposite of old-fashioned or out of date
“When we first got together, the first thing I did was give him an updated wardrobe.”
Adjective
Opposite of having views or opinions considered ignorant or uneducated
“We believe that the road back for our party and our movement lies in being an unapologetic champion for progressive ideas.”
Adjective
Opposite of displaying a hesitant or reticent manner, especially in expressing oneself
“She is a forward person who cuts to the chase which sometimes can be quite confronting to students.”
Adjective
Opposite of having a shy or bashful nature, especially in expressing oneself
“If my outgoing, friendly, extroverted best friend couldn't find anyone to hang out with, what hope was there for me?”
Adjective
Opposite of shy, extremely humble and modest
Adjective
(of a time period) Opposite of lacking intellectual progress
“It was an enlightening period in the nation's history when scientists, philosophers and free-thinkers were encouraged to pursue their craft.”
Adjective
Opposite of turned around
Adjective
Opposite of out of date, old-fashioned, antiquated
Adjective
Opposite of having a repugnance or opposition of mind
Adjective
Opposite of changed to a contrary or counterchanged order or direction
Adjective
Opposite of slow to act
Adjective
(of a place) Opposite of lacking in progression or development
“A large and flourishing city lay a few hundred miles from the sleepy town.”
Adjective
Opposite of hesitant, uncertain, or cautious
Adjective
Opposite of moving or turned towards a backward or opposite direction
“As you start your forward movement with the lower body, feel the stretch in your upper body increase momentarily before the arms swing down.”
Adjective
Opposite of basely or weakly fearful
Adjective
Opposite of mentally deficient or underdeveloped
Adjective
Opposite of backward
Adjective
Opposite of lacking energy, liveliness or animation
“Thanks to the many people for helping me through the bureaucratic labyrinths, introducing me to interesting people, and making my stay in this bustling city pleasant and enjoyable.”
Adverb
Opposite of towards a position further back
“Make sure you look forward and keep your eyes on the road when you are driving.”
Adverb
Opposite of in the opposite direction
“Keep going ahead and don't turn back! I will find you!”
Adverb
Opposite of turned so that the back is now at the front
“I know it looks funny, but you're wearing the headdress right.”
Adverb
Opposite of in the opposite direction
“If you keep walking straight, you will not miss it.”
Adverb
Opposite of in, or towards, the opposite direction
“He felt light-hearted and elated, and proceeded straight to his friend's house.”
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