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What is the opposite of forward?

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Opposite of positioned at or near the front
“We asked how to get to the rear entrance, and he indicated a path leading around the right side of the building.”
Opposite of onward so as to move ahead or to make progress
“The moment the engine is sped up, backward movement is checked and the car gathers momentum up the hill.”
(of a person) Opposite of informal or intimate to an inappropriate degree
“Her modest and unassuming manner is admirable and, in a way, is one of the reasons why the volunteers go out of their way to help.”
Opposite of relating to the future
“If past experience is any guide, we're in for a long and difficult project.”
Opposite of advanced beyond the usual degree
“This delayed breeding results in low productivity, making it harder for the population to rebound from declines.”
Opposite of being advanced in development
“The equipment used then seems primitive compared to the technology at his disposal now.”
Opposite of having knowledge or awareness of future events
“The wives are greedy, and the men, in the absence of any well-regulated women, are recklessly improvident.”
Opposite of showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect
Opposite of cheeky, impudent or saucy in nature, character or behavior
Opposite of boldly self-assured or confident
“The barbarians were subdued and became submissive to the enchantress' whims.”
Opposite of bold or brazen in one's approach or behavior
“We have much to be thoroughly ashamed of if, in troth, we bear the burdens of one another.”
Opposite of characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity
Opposite of direct, outspoken, and not evasive
“They are duplicitous and devious, always posing, not wishing or able to be authentic.”
Opposite of marked by curiosity or fascination
Opposite of endowed with special abilities indicative of skill or talent
“This success will help these students be more comfortable in drawing later and not think that they are untalented in art.”
Opposite of serving as an effective means of pursuing an aim or goal
Opposite of into a position of prominence or notice
“The landing craft came within sight of Omaha Beach before coming under enemy fire and turning back.”
Opposite of in the direction that one is facing or traveling
“Then somehow, he lost his concentration, pulled on a loose piece of stone, and stumbled backward.”
Opposite of into the future (in perpetuity)
“To spot the visual icons of the future, we need to understand why certain images were accorded that status previously.”
Opposite of moving forward
Opposite of to foster the growth or development of
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“Counselling in the aftermath of traumatic events can worsen stress and hinder recovery.”
Opposite of to dispatch or send (a document or goods)
“Early biographers claim that he then attended Lincoln's Inn, but the Inn's archives retain no record of him.”
Opposite of to send (a letter or email) on to a further destination
“Please recall that message straightaway!”
Opposite of to direct or send (something) to a new or different place or purpose
Opposite of to arrange for the delivery of, especially by post
“You will receive your package in fifteen days.”
Opposite of to present for consideration
“The company said that they permitted the woman to withdraw her application for admission into the country.”
Opposite of to make contact or communication with
Disregard any entries you deem to be irrelevant or inappropriate.”
Opposite of to (give) support (to)
“Over the years she'd made it her business to discourage her daughter as much as she could.”
Opposite of to hasten or facilitate the progress of
“They deliberately complicate matters in order to break the spirit of their customers who have the nerve to complain.”
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