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Definition 1: directed or facing toward the back or rear - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where backward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a backward view

(backward is similar to ...) used of hair

(backward is similar to ...) tending to be turned back

(backward is similar to ...) bent or curved backward

(backward is similar to ...) moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction

(backward is similar to ...) drawn back and in

"a cat with retracted claws"

(backward is similar to ...) looking backward

(backward is similar to ...) referring back to itself

(backward is similar to ...) (of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back

(backward is similar to ...) directed or moving toward the rear

"a rearward glance" "a rearward movement"

(backward is similar to ...) reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

(backward is similar to ...) turned about in order or relation

"transposed letters"

(backward is similar to ...) pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate

(means also ...) opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state

(means also ...) concerned with or related to the past

"retrospective self-justification"

Definition 2: (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where backward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a backward lover

(backward is similar to ...) disposed to avoid notice

"they considered themselves a tough outfit and weren't bashful about letting anybody know it"

(means also ...) showing fear and lack of confidence

Definition 3: in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where backward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'
  • the child put her jersey on backward

Synonyms for backward in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: in or to or toward a past time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where backward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • set the clocks back an hour
  • never look back
  • lovers of the past looking fondly backward

Synonyms for backward in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: at or to or toward the back or rear - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where backward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he moved back
  • tripped when he stepped backward
  • she looked rearward out the window of the car

Synonyms for backward in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: retarded in intellectual development - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for backward in the sense of this definition

(backward is similar to ...) relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development

"providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded"

(backward is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

Definition 7: having made less than normal progress - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where backward or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an economically backward country

(backward is similar to ...) characterized by an absence of force or forcefulness

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