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English definition of “backward”

backward

adjective (NOT CLEVER/MODERN)    /ˈbæk.wəd/ US  /-wɚd/
C2 not advanced: When he was a child, his teachers thought he was backward (= unable to learn as much as most children). People still think of it as a backward country/region/area (= one without industry or modern machines).Crude and basic backwardness     /-nəs/ noun [U] They were accused of backwardness (= very old-fashioned ways) because they had no washing machine.Crude and basic
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