Synonyms of backward in English:

backward


See definition of backward

adjective

1‘a backward look’

SYNONYMS

reverse

to the rear, towards the rear, rearward, to the back, towards the back

behind one

ANTONYMS

forward

2‘the decision was a backward step’

SYNONYMS

retrograde, retrogressive, regressive, unprogressive, for the worse, in the wrong direction, downhill, negative

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progressive, forward-looking

3‘an economically backward country’

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underdeveloped, undeveloped, unsophisticated

primitive, benighted

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advanced, sophisticated

4‘he was not backward in displaying his talents’

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reticent about, hesitant about, reluctant to, unwilling to, afraid to, loath to, averse to

shy about, diffident about, unconfident about, bashful about, timid about, coy about

informal backward in coming forward

ANTONYMS

confident, bold