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  • noununderdevelopment
  • nounshyness

synonyms for backwardness

  • abnormality
  • idiocy
  • retardation
  • slowness
  • mental deficiency
  • mental retardation
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How to use backwardness in a sentence

And who should not feel amazed at the backwardness of sinners to prepare for it—so free and beneficently offered?
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
The backwardness of printing in the Argentine at the time of the Revolution is a clear indication of the illiteracy of the people.
NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF ARGENTINE INDEPENDENCEC. W. WHITTEMORE
The one thing to criticize is the backwardness of the lives of the good folk of the isle and their enormous pieds plats.
THE AUTOMOBILIST ABROADM. F. (MILBURG FRANCISCO) MANSFIELD
He made acquaintances, slowly lost his backwardness, and presently found college life opening to him bright and beautiful.
THE YOUNG PITCHERZANE GREY
(For age may qualify, though not excuse, The backwardness of these,) able young men!
THE PLAYS OF PHILIP MASSINGERPHILIP MASSINGER
But there are other factors which also contribute to the backwardness of domestic engineering.
HOUSEHOLD ADMINISTRATIONVARIOUS
I tell you, backwardness is a fault with a good many preachers.
STEVE P. HOLCOMBE, THE CONVERTED GAMBLERREV. GROSS ALEXANDER
Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary to ensure the avoidance of the evil?
PULPIT AND PRESSMARY BAKER EDDY
Should you show any backwardness in so doing, I shall deem it necessary to appeal to the English ambassador.
JACK HARKAWAY AND HIS SON'S ESCAPE FROM THE BRIGAND'S OF GREECEBRACEBRIDGE HEMYNG
They furnished a vivid but rather aggravating explanation for the existing backwardness and chauvinism of the commonwealth.
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE, VOLUME IBURTON J. HENDRICK
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WORDS RELATED TO BACKWARDNESS

  • backwardness
  • illiteracy
  • illiterateness
  • lack of education
  • lack of knowledge
  • nescience
  • unenlightenment
  • unknowing
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