Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being backward.
  • noun Bashfulness; shyness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being backward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being backward.
  • noun reluctance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun lack of normal development of intellectual capacities

Etymologies

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backward +‎ -ness

Examples

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Quotes of the Day

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Bastiat Updated

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    An Old Oligarch Passes On

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Ian McDonald, Non-Fiction Writer

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Theater

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Air Superiority Lost?

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Immigration

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Clunk, Clunk, Clunk

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

    Hugo Bound

  • A well delineated picture of conflict between widely disparate civilizations, with a reminder that backwardness is not the same as stupidity.

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