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English definition of “backward”

backward

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈbæk·wərd/ (also backwards,  /ˈbæk·wərdz/) us  

backward adverb [not gradable] (TOWARD THE BACK)

toward the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing or opposite to the usual direction: He took a step backward. He began counting backward: "Ten, nine, eight . . ." She was skating around the rink, backward and forward.

backward

adjective  /ˈbæk·wərd/ us  

backward adjective (TOWARD THE BACK)

[not gradable] directed toward the back or in the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing: He did a terrific backward somersault.

backward adjective (NOT DEVELOPED)

not developed, or not modern or advanced: The state needs to reform its backward election laws.
(Definition of backward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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