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Synonyms for backward
ˈbæk wərdback·ward

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Wiktionary

  1. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    backwards

    Antonyms:
    forwards, forward

  2. backwardadverb

    Antonyms:
    progressive

  3. backwardadjective

    Pertaining to the direction towards the back.

    Synonyms:
    backwards

    Antonyms:
    forward, forwards

  4. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    retrograde

  5. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    third world

    Antonyms:
    forward

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. backward

    Reluctant (Latin re, back, and lucto, strive, struggle) signifies struggling against what one is urged or impelled to do, or is actually doing; averse (Latin a, from, and verto, turn) signifies turned away as with dislike or repugnance; loath (Anglo-Saxon lath, evil, hateful) signifies having a repugnance, disgust, or loathing for, tho the adjective loath is not so strong as the verb loathe. A dunce is always averse to study; a good student is disinclined to it when a fine morning tempts him out; he is indisposed to it in some hour of weariness. A man may be slow or backward in entering upon that to which he is by no means averse. A man is loath to believe evil of his friend, reluctant to speak of it, absolutely unwilling to use it to his injury. A legislator may be opposed to a certain measure, while not averse to what it aims to accomplish. Compare ANTIPATHY.

    Synonyms:
    averse, disinclined, indisposed, loath, opposed, reluctant, slow, unwilling

    Antonyms:
    desirous, disposed, eager, favorable, inclined, willing

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backwardadjective

    directed or facing toward the back or rear

    "a backward view"

    Synonyms:
    feebleminded, slow-witted, half-witted

    Antonyms:
    sassy, headlong, guardant(ip), nervy, smart, presumptuous, gardant(ip), cheeky, saucy, forward, full-face, self-assertive, brash, precocious, impertinent, wise, assumptive, fresh, headfirst, overbold, bumptious, overfamiliar, dynamical, dynamic, impudent, assuming, forrad, forrard, forwards, frontwards, frontward, ahead

  2. backwardadjective

    (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature

    "a backward lover"

    Synonyms:
    feebleminded, slow-witted, half-witted

    Antonyms:
    self-assertive, forward, gardant(ip), headlong, assuming, bumptious, overfamiliar, impudent, wise, brash, presumptuous, dynamical, fresh, assumptive, headfirst, impertinent, precocious, smart, nervy, saucy, full-face, sassy, guardant(ip), dynamic, overbold, cheeky, ahead, forwards, frontward, frontwards, forrad, forrard

  3. backward, half-witted, slow-witted, feeblemindedadjective

    retarded in intellectual development

    Synonyms:
    feebleminded, slow-witted, half-witted

    Antonyms:
    overfamiliar, wise, headfirst, nervy, sassy, guardant(ip), brash, gardant(ip), forward, fresh, cheeky, presumptuous, smart, dynamic, headlong, assumptive, full-face, impudent, self-assertive, precocious, dynamical, bumptious, saucy, impertinent, overbold, assuming, forrad, frontwards, forwards, forrard, ahead, frontward

  4. backwardadverb

    having made less than normal progress

    "an economically backward country"

    Synonyms:
    feebleminded, slow-witted, half-witted

    Antonyms:
    smart, assumptive, gardant(ip), overfamiliar, brash, guardant(ip), saucy, cheeky, assuming, overbold, dynamic, fresh, impudent, presumptuous, impertinent, sassy, headlong, bumptious, self-assertive, wise, precocious, dynamical, headfirst, full-face, forward, nervy, forrard, frontward, ahead, forwards, frontwards, forrad

  5. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwardsadverb

    at or to or toward the back or rear

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

    Synonyms:
    backwards, rearwards, back, rearward

    Antonyms:
    assuming, gardant(ip), full-face, nervy, forward, headfirst, precocious, dynamical, overbold, overfamiliar, dynamic, brash, wise, guardant(ip), self-assertive, bumptious, saucy, sassy, smart, fresh, assumptive, impudent, presumptuous, impertinent, cheeky, headlong, frontwards, forwards, forrad, ahead, frontward, forrard

  6. backward, backwardsadverb

    in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

    "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:
    backwards, rearwards, back, rearward

    Antonyms:
    forward, headlong, presumptuous, impudent, overfamiliar, impertinent, smart, sassy, assumptive, gardant(ip), wise, nervy, overbold, cheeky, full-face, dynamical, precocious, saucy, self-assertive, fresh, headfirst, dynamic, guardant(ip), brash, bumptious, assuming, frontward, forrad, forrard, ahead, frontwards, forwards

  7. back, backwardadverb

    in or to or toward a past time

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

    Synonyms:
    backwards, rearwards, back, rearward

    Antonyms:
    gardant(ip), fresh, assuming, dynamical, impertinent, headlong, dynamic, saucy, forward, bumptious, assumptive, overbold, impudent, self-assertive, smart, overfamiliar, presumptuous, cheeky, wise, sassy, full-face, headfirst, nervy, guardant(ip), brash, precocious, frontward, frontwards, forrard, ahead, forwards, forrad

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    averse, unwilling, reluctant, loath, disinclined, indisposed, wavering, hesitating

  2. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    dull, sluggish, slow, stupid, stolid

  3. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    late, tardy, behindhand, after the usual time

  4. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    regressively, rearwards, aback, behind, ABAFT

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. backwardadjective

    Synonyms:
    retrograde, retrogressive, reverse, regressive, retrospective, reluctant, averse, loath, disinclined, unwilling, dull, inapt, late, tardy, delayed, undeveloped

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How to use backward in a sentence?

  1. Chuck Schumer:

    To lavish them (corporations) with huge tax breaks and ask the middle class to bear the cost—that’s about as backward as it gets.

  2. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Hoping without trying, it's like walking backward while facing forward.

  3. State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday:

    I'm confident in the days ahead we'll have things that look like steps backward, but I'm also hopeful that all the parties are sincere and wanting what's good for the Afghan people.

  4. James Grover Thurber:

    You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.

  5. Clifford Hart:

    International anti-trafficking standards have evolved, standing still is slipping backward in the face of a growing global challenge.


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  • изостанал, назад, обратноBulgarian
  • enrereCatalan, Valencian
  • vzad, zpátky, dozaduCzech
  • antiquiert, zurück, rückwärtsgewandt, zurückgeblieben, altmodisch, gehemmt, nach hinten, überholt, rückständig, unterentwickelt, rückwärts, zurückgewandt, zögerlichGerman
  • οπισθοδρομικός, παλιομοδίτικος, πίσω, ανάποδος, υπανάπτυκτοςGreek
  • atrasado, rezagado, retrógrado, anticuado, pasado de modaSpanish
  • takapajuinen, saamaton, vanhanaikainen, takaperin, taaksepäin, alikehittynyt, syrjäänvetäytyvä, taantumuksellinen, takaperoinen, päinvastainen, peruuttaaFinnish
  • en arrière, arriéré, sous-développéFrench
  • mundur ke belakangIndonesian
  • 後方, 後ろJapanese
  • دواکه‌وتوKurdish
  • whakamuriMāori
  • achteruitDutch
  • archaiczny, do tyłu, tył, przestarzały, z powrotemPolish
  • atrasado, retrógradoPortuguese
  • înapoi, către spate, spre-napoi, îndărăt, regresivRomanian
  • назад, обратно, обратный, отсталый, заднийRussian
  • bakom, bakåt, baklänges, bakåtsträvandeSwedish
  • patalikodTagalog
  • geriyeTurkish
  • پسماندہUrdu
  • 落後Chinese

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