Definition of backwardness in US English:

backwardness

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’
    • ‘This "hard-hitting" talk is simply an apology for ignorance and backwardness.’
    • ‘We take note of the brutality of the conditions and the inevitable backwardness of the semi-rural area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The impetus and content of gangster rap may have originated in the desperation and backwardness of the inner-city population.’
    • ‘Its socioeconomic backwardness does not provide a satisfactory answer.’
    • ‘Her backwardness threatened to prevent his acceptance in wider social circles.’
    • ‘Why does social backwardness achieve such success?’
    • ‘An auxiliary theme is the conflict between city and countryside, backwardness and development, tradition and modernity.’
    • ‘The filmmaker seems too prone to adapt herself to backwardness.’

Pronunciation

backwardness

/ˈbakwərdnəs//ˈbækwərdnəs/