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Definition of backward:

  1. Already past or gone; bygone.
  2. Alt. of Backwards
  3. Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances.
  4. Late or behindhand; as, a backward season.
  5. Not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state.
  6. Not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child.
  7. The state behind or past.
  8. To keep back; to hinder.
  9. Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath.

Synonyms:

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