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.
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dull (part of speech: adjective)
regressive (part of speech: adjective)
- Any number line up for a backward race. - "Entertaining Made Easy", Emily Rose Burt.
- He was more anxious first to know what had given it the start backward; so he continued to press forward to the head of the ravine. - "Popular Adventure Tales", Mayne Reid.
- Rikki- tikki jumped up and backward. - "The Jungle Book", Rudyard Kipling.