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  • adj. Turned away; averse.
  • adv. Forth; forward.
  • prep. From; away from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. A way from; -- the contrary of toward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Turned away; averse.
  • Forth; forward.
  • From; away from: opposed to toward.


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From Middle English fromward, framward, from Old English framweard ("about to depart, departing, doomed to die; with his back turned", adjective) and framweardes ("away from", adv), equivalent to from +‎ -ward. Compare froward.


  • And from thence-fromward they be all obeissant to him.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And fro thens fromward, thei ben alle obeyssant to him.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • For several years, I have found it useful to employ the coined adjectives hormetic and aphormeticto characterize the tendencies fromward or toward, as exhibited in the association of ideas.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • And when the endeavour is fromward something, it is generally called AVERSTON.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • ’ And, when the endeavour is fromward something, it is generally called ‘aversion.

    Chapter VI. Of the Interior Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, Commonly Called the Passions; and the Speeches by Which They Are Expressed

  • And when the Endeavour is fromward something, it is generally called AVERSION.


  • *** The flowers shee had wrought caried such life in them, that the cunningest painter might have learned of her needle: which, with so pretty a manner, made his careers to & fro through the cloth, as if the needle it selfe would haue been loth to haue gone fromward such a mistresse, but that it hoped to returne thitherward very quickly againe; the cloth looking with many eyes vpon her, and louingly embracing the wounds she gaue it: the sheares also were at hand to behead the silke that was growne too short.

    A History of English Prose Fiction

  • The microscope is accordingly reproduced naively with an "endeavor fromward" attached to it, and likewise the reflex, with an "endeavor toward" it. 39 Thus is the expression completed of a wish which had been partially outspoken in the conversation with Dr.X. While the external physical stimulus (scratching) must be thought of as being represented dynamically somewhere in the arrival platforms of the brain, it is necessary to think of the internal psychic stimulus (or wish) as existing in the form of facilitations, or ready-made connections of ideas and motives, as it were awaiting, in a state of mobilization, the proper signal to discharge into consciousness.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology


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