Etymology
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backwardness (n.)

"state or quality of being backward" in any sense, 1580s, from backward + -ness.

updated on December 23, 2018

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Definitions of backwardness from WordNet

backwardness (n.)
lack of normal development of intellectual capacities;
Synonyms: retardation / mental retardation / slowness / subnormality
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