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  • n. The quality of being forward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being forward; cheerful readiness; promtness.
  • n. An advanced stage of progress or of preparation; advancement.
  • n. Eagerness; ardor.
  • n. Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or modesty.
  • n. A state of advance beyond the usual degree; prematureness; precocity

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being forward or in advance; a state of advancement: as, the forwardness of spring; the forwardness of a scholar.
  • n. Cheerful readiness; promptness; eagerness; confidence.
  • n. Undue assurance; lack of becoming modesty: as, the forwardness of an ill-bred child.
  • n. Synonyms Promptitude, zeal; presumption; Willingness. Forwardness expresses more than willingness in that it implies promptitude and active desire, while willingness has lost the sense implied in its derivation, and expresses rather a somewhat passive readiness.

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

  • n. prompt willingness
  • n. offensive boldness and assertiveness
  • n. an advanced stage


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forward +‎ -ness


  • A new edition of the Banks of Wye is in forwardness, from which some advantage is to be expected.

    Letter 373

  • She thought that I slept, the poor soul; she regretted her weakness - and what perhaps (God help her!) she called her forwardness-and in the dead of the night solaced herself with tears.

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • She thought that I slept, the poor soul; she regretted her weakness -- and what perhaps (God help her!) she called her forwardness -- and in the dead of the night solaced herself with tears.


  • Though children, when little, should not be much perplexed with rules and ceremonious parts of breeding, yet there is a sort of unmannerliness very apt to grow up with young people, if not early restrained, and that is, a forwardness to interrupt others that are speaking; and to stop them with some contradiction.

    Some Thoughts Concerning Education. Sections 141-150

  • He is so strong that when I put out two fingers and he has seized them in his fists he can draw himself up on his feet, but we discourage this forwardness, which is not desirable, say the learned.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Later, he tells the wealthy, attractive, and female owner of an oldline Jewish department store, whom he earlier insulted for her "forwardness" in challenging him, only to decide to apologize in order to win her business, his philosophy of love: "What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons," says Draper.

    William Bradley: Mad Men Returns: The '60s Advertising Drama Is A Time Tunnel To the Present

  • Nothing is known of the trial, not even the charge, but it is pretty certain that, in common with several other justices at that time, he had showed 'a want of "forwardness"'in collecting ship-money.

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • One of the standard objections to the Hebrews is their "forwardness"; socially, it is a disagreeable and annoying fault, but otherwise a gift of no little value.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Zionism by Nordau; and Anti-Semitism by Gottheil

  • I found that some of the initial midrange "forwardness" I noticed pre-break-in had disappeared and the low end tightened up.

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  • There was less shaking hands with your partners, less nodding and becking, and none of that modern forwardness which is called, I believe, camaraderie. "

    With Edged Tools


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