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backward

adjective uk   /ˈbæk.wəd/ us    /-wɚd/

backward adjective (NOT INTELLIGENT/MODERN)

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).

backward adjective (OPPOSITE DIRECTION)

towards the direction that is the opposite to the one in which you are facing: She left without a backward glance. He did a fantastic backward somersault.
backwardness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
They were accused of backwardness (= very old-fashioned ways) because they had no washing machine.

backward

adverb uk   /ˈbæk.wəd/ us    /-wɚd/ mainly US
→  backwards
(Definition of backward from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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