Backwardness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbækwərdnəs|  American pronunciation of the word backwardness
Brit.  |ˈbakwədnəs|  British pronunciation of the word backwardness

noun

- lack of normal development of intellectual capacities (syn: retardation, slowness, subnormality)

Examples

a sudden movement backward, not forward

I heard a noise behind me and glanced backward.

He pushed the throttle backward.

She took a small step backward.

The narrative moves backward and forward in time.

a technologically backward village that has no running water

...a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going...

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