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Adjective backward has 3 senses
  1. backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
    forward, guardant, gardant, full-face, headfirst, headlong
  2. backward - (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; "a backward lover"
    forward, brash, cheeky, nervy, bumptious, self-assertive, fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, smart, saucy, sassy, overfamiliar, assumptive, assuming, presumptuous
  3. backward, feebleminded - retarded in intellectual development
    Antonym: precocious (indirect, via retarded)
Adverbial backward has 3 senses
  1. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards - at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
    Antonyms: forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards, forrad, forrard
  2. backward, backwards - in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal; "it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"; "the child put her jersey on backward"
  3. back, backward - in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
    Antonyms: ahead, forward
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