backwardness backwardness  /ˈbækwərd nəs/


  • (n) lack of normal development of intellectual capacities


  1. Not everybody likes ballet, but most nonballet fans don't accuse ballet of leading to violent crime and mental backwardness.
  2. Considering Pakistan's backwardness and poverty, the Ayub-designed electoral system is not half bad, giving the vote to 80,000 middle-and upper-class electors.
  3. It was beaten because of military backwardness, cultural backwardness, industrial backwardness, agricultural backwardness.


  • The birth of a future king, our reaction to it and brain health?

    QUEBEC, Canada, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As some happily celebrate the birth of their future king, others moan that "it is just a birth" and can't understand what "all the fuss" is about.  They wonder: is this feudal backwardness or mass hysteria? I ask: could it be...
    on July 24, 2013     Source: PR Newswire


  1. "Our societies face a great danger in the shape of fringe groups, a small minority that preaches hate, violence and backwardness," General Musharraf said. "These forces are disrupting peace and harmony in our societies, impeding our progress...
    on Aug 12, 2007 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: Independent

  2. In the introduction, Llosa writes, "Entrepreneurial ability and energy are present almost everywhere. But in those countries that still languish in backwardness, the labyrinth intervention of the state and the absence of adequate institutions have...
    on Jun 9, 2008 By: Alvaro Vargas Llosa Source: Orlando Sentinel

  3. "This is an impeachment of the dictatorship that sold out Pakistan's sovereignty, violated the constitution repeatedly and gave the people poverty, price rise, unemployment and backwardness," said Sharif, who was speaking on the occasion of...
    on Aug 14, 2008 By: Nawaz Sharif Source: Press Trust of India

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propriety propriety
/prə ˈpraɪ ə ti /