What is the opposite of forward?

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Adjective
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.”
Adjective
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.”
Adjective
(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.”
Adjective
Opposite of relating to the future
“If past experience is any guide, we're in for a long and difficult project.”
Adjective
Opposite of advanced beyond the usual degree
“This delayed breeding results in low productivity, making it harder for the population to rebound from declines.”
Adjective
Opposite of being advanced in development
“The equipment used then seems primitive compared to the technology at his disposal now.”
Adjective
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.”
Adjective
Opposite of boldly self-assured
“The barbarians were subdued and became submissive to the enchantress' whims.”
Adjective
Opposite of having an arrogant, self-important or pompous manner
Adjective
Opposite of impudent or cheeky
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity
Adjective
Opposite of direct, outspoken and not evasive
Adjective
Opposite of serving as a means of pursuing an aim or policy
Adjective
Opposite of elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste
Adjective
Opposite of endowed with special, above-average, abilities
Adjective
Opposite of acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty
“We need to start taking preemptive measures instead of being so reactive.”
Adjective
Opposite of lacking in modesty or decency
Adverb
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.”
Adverb
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.”
Adverb
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.”
Adverb
Opposite of further forward in time or place
Adverb
Opposite of moving forward
Verb
Opposite of to foster the growth or development of
“Counselling in the aftermath of traumatic events can worsen stress and hinder recovery.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
Opposite of to send (a letter or email) on to a further destination
“Please recall that message straightaway!”
Verb
(a cause or venture) Opposite of support, advocate, or encourage
“Big crowds tend to impede my ability to hear myself think.”
Verb
Opposite of to arrange for the delivery of, especially by post
“You will receive your package in fifteen days.”
Verb
Opposite of pass on
Verb
Opposite of be partly responsible for
Verb
Opposite of to present for consideration
“The company said that they permitted the woman to withdraw her application for admission into the country.”
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