Meaning of BACKWARD in English


adj. 25B6; adjective

a backward look : REARWARD, to/towards the rear, to/towards the back, behind one, reverse.

the decision was a backward step : RETROGRADE, retrogressive, regressive, for the worse, in the wrong direction, downhill, negative.

an economically backward country : UNDERDEVELOPED, undeveloped; primitive, benighted.

he was not backward in displaying his talents : HESITANT, reticent, reluctant; shy, diffident, bashful, timid; unwilling, afraid, loath, averse.

forward, progressive, advanced, confident.

25B6; adverb the car rolled slowly backward. : See backwards .

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