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[mass noun] The state of having made less progress than is normal or expected:‘unification failed to remedy the economic backwardness of the south’‘technological backwardness’
- ‘European conquest and the rights of indigenous peoples exemplify the moral backwardness of international society.’
- ‘They belong to the portion of society still doomed to backwardness.’
- ‘We take note of the brutality of the conditions and the inevitable backwardness of the semi-rural area.’
- ‘The impetus and content of gangster rap may have originated in the desperation and backwardness of the inner-city population.’
- ‘Her backwardness threatened to prevent his acceptance in wider social circles.’
- ‘Why does social backwardness achieve such success?’
- ‘Its socioeconomic backwardness does not provide a satisfactory answer.’
- ‘The filmmaker seems too prone to adapt herself to backwardness.’
- ‘This "hard-hitting" talk is simply an apology for ignorance and backwardness.’
- ‘An auxiliary theme is the conflict between city and countryside, backwardness and development, tradition and modernity.’
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