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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BACKWARDNESS

Anne had no backwardness in believing now, the deed was so exactly Lydia's.

The backwardness of England in education used to make him wring his hands.

He scarcely shares my hopes, but he shows no signs of backwardness.

No latsummes (backwardness, reluctance) was in him when once fully set.

On his side there is no backwardness now; on hers no coyness, no mock modesty.

But we must recognize that their backwardness is not wholly due to prejudice.

But the chief difficulty in the way was the backwardness of McClernand.

(For age may qualify, though not excuse, The backwardness of these,) able young men!

She observed his backwardness, and commanded him to attend her.

The infrequency of their appearance marks the lateness and backwardness of our spring.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from backward + -ness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BACKWARDNESS

benightedness

nounignorance
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