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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 for "backwards":

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

How to pronounce backwards?

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Alex
US English
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Daniel
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Karen
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Veena
Veena
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How to say backwards in sign language?

  1. backwards

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#179283contrariwise

How to use backwards in a sentence?

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    For him, she bends over backwards. It is origami of the heart. (Pour lui, elle se plie en quatre. - C'est l'origami du cœur)

  2. Liberum Analyst Tom Gadsby:

    The main concern is what was a strength has become a weakness, they have very good global coverage but that does mean that two-thirds of their sales are in areas of the market that are going backwards.

  3. Nancy Goroff:

    I just got to a point in the last two years of being so frustrated and really infuriated at how The Republicans, and especially the President Donald Trump administration and our representative here, Lee Zeldin, were ignoring science and ignoring facts and evidence and had their priorities so upside down and backwards, that they were hurting people, and that was before Covid-19.

  4. 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 !

  5. Megan Huchko:

    When setting the stage for a universal health coverage debate, it really introduces the idea that family planning and reproductive health may not be included services and that's a dangerous precedent, we see this increasing understanding that people need access to reproductive health services and this feels like a definite step backwards when talking about medicines and vaccines, but explicitly excluding reproductive health.


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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