backward

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Synonyms for backward

Synonyms for backward

directed or facing toward the back or rear

not forward but reticent or reserved in manner

exhibiting lack of education or knowledge

having only a limited ability to learn and understand

not progressing and developing as fast as others, as in economic and social aspects

economically and socially below standard

clinging to obsolete ideas

toward the back

in or toward a former location or condition

Synonyms for backward

directed or facing toward the back or rear

Antonyms

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

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retarded in intellectual development

having made less than normal progress

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in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

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in or to or toward a past time

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References in classic literature ?
said the young man; 'sitting cross-legged from morning to night, working backwards and forwards with a needle and goose, will never suit me.
tollas/, or throwing-knives, began to flash backwards and forwards, and now with an awful yell the battle closed in.
It was red and five-barred: it swung both ways on easy hinges; and it was possible, though forbidden, to swing backwards and forwards on it.
This was the manner in which Athos and Raoul were, as usual, conversing, and walking backwards and forwards in the long alley of limes in the park, when the bell which served to announce to the comte either the hour of dinner or the arrival of a visitor, was rung; and, without attaching any importance to it, he turned towards the house with his son; and at the end of the alley they found themselves in the presence of Aramis and Porthos.
He was conducted from that room along passages that turned backwards and forwards and was at last brought to the doors of the Lodge.
Trent walked backwards and forwards with knitted brows, glancing every now and then at the unconscious man.
He passed a great brewery transformed into a canteen, from which a line of waggons, going and returning, were passing all the time backwards and forwards into the valley.
The old seaman sat gravely amidst this lumber, turning it over, and examining it intently; while his wife, with the tears running silently down her ruddy cheeks, sat upon the sofa, her elbows upon her knees and her chin upon her hands, rocking herself slowly backwards and forwards.
He found Agnes walking rapidly backwards and forwards, flushed and excited.