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Synonyms for backwards

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards(adverb)

    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:
    rearwards, back, backward, rearward

  2. backward, backwards(adverb)

    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:
    rearwards, back, backward, rearward

Wiktionary

  1. backwards(adverb)

    Oriented toward the back.

    The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement.

    Synonyms:
    rearward, hindwards, retrograde

  2. backwards(adverb)

    Reversed.

    The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror.

    Synonyms:
    reversedly, contrariwise, mirror image, back to front, switched

  3. backwards(adjective)

    Behind current trends or technology.

    Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice.

    Synonyms:
    in reverse, back to front, primitive, dated, crude, obsolete

  4. backwards(adjective)

    Clumsy, inept, or inefficient.

    He was a very backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the football field.

    Synonyms:
    fumbling, awkward, incompetent, poor

Editors Contribution

  1. magnetic reversal

    going the opposite way

    we should do the steps backwards to solve the problem.

    Submitted by rinat on September 4, 2019  
  2. reverse order

    they have the same meaning

    reverse the order you are headed go backwards

    Submitted by anonymous on December 26, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. backwards(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    regressively, rearwards, aback, behind, ABAFT

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    back, backward, retrograde, rearward, upside-down, behind, ago, back-to-front

How to pronounce backwards?

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How to say backwards in sign language?

  1. backwards

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How to use backwards in a sentence?

  1. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel:

    To give up open borders would be a gigantic step backwards in European history, with Greece, there is the risk of losing money. But now Europe is at risk of losing its decency.

  2. Robin Simcox:

    Pathways out of extremism are very rarely instantaneous. It can take years for former extremists to fully disengage from this ideology. Expecting someone who was fighting alongside ISIS one day to be a legitimate ally in the fight against Islamist extremism the day after is an unrealistic expectation, the increasingly popular idea that we should not jail terrorists because that would only make them even more radical shows how utterly backwards this entire debate can become. Yes, prison radicalization does exist. However, the answer is to deal with the conditions that create prison radicalization – an inability to isolate charismatic Islamist recruiters, for example – not stop sending those who broke the law to prison.

  3. Kamala Harris:

    People with PTSD tend to act out. They tend to self-medicate. Which means they're going to be on drugs or they may be an alcoholic. And then they're going to get into fights and they have a really short fuse. And guess what happens ? All of a sudden you don't qualify for VA. That's wrong because again we are not taking into account the way we have designed or enforcing the system the realities of that person's life. It's backwards !

  4. J. A. Spender:

    'Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.' Under the influence of this pestilent morality, I am forever letting tomorrow's work slop backwards into today's, and doing painfully and nervously today what I could do quickly and easily tomorrow.

  5. Kim Moore:

    She went backwards first and then she went forwards, and then she figured out how to turn, and now we have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast.


Translations for backwards

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  • pozpátkuCzech
  • rückwärtsGerman
  • επαναφορά επιστροφή, προς τα πίσωGreek
  • malantaŭenEsperanto
  • hacia atrás, a contrapelo, invertidoSpanish
  • tagurpidi, tahapoole, peegelpilt, vanamoodne, saamatu, tagasisuunasEstonian
  • takaperin, kelvoton, taaksepäin, vanhanaikainen, väärinpäinFinnish
  • ke belakangIndonesian
  • indietroItalian
  • 뒤로Korean
  • دواکه‌وتو, به‌ره‌ودوا, پاشه‌وپاشKurdish
  • whakatuaraMāori
  • achterwaartsDutch
  • направленный, назад, смотрящийRussian
  • bakåtriktad, bakvänd, efterbliven, baklänges, omvänd, efterSwedish
  • назадUkrainian

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