backward country


backward country
country which is lagging behind (in technology, education, civil rights, etc.)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • backward — [[t]bæ̱kwə(r)d[/t]] (In American English, backward is usually used as an adverb instead of backwards. Backward is also sometimes used in this way in formal British English. See backwards for these uses.) 1) ADJ: ADJ n A backward movement or look… …   English dictionary

  • backward — backwardly, adv. backwardness, n. /bak weuhrd/, adv. Also, backwards. 1. toward the back or rear. 2. with the back foremost. 3. in the reverse of the usual or right way: counting backward from 100. 4. toward the past: to look backward over one s… …   Universalium

  • backward — 1. adjective 1) a backward look Syn: rearward, to/toward the rear, to/toward the back, behind one, reverse Ant: forward 2) the decision was a backward step Syn: retrograde, retrogressive …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • backward — back|ward [ˈbækwəd US wərd] adj 1.) [only before noun] looking or facing in the direction that is behind you ≠ ↑forward ▪ She went without a backward glance. 2.) developing slowly and less successfully than most others ▪ It will take decades to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • country in transition —    a poor and backward country    The phrase fails to specify in which direction it is moving:     ... those thrilling economies known to the IMF as Less Developed Countries or (a new euphemism) countries in transition. {Daily Telegraph, 15… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Backward — Back ward, a. 1. Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances. [1913 Webster] 2. Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath. [1913 Webster] For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves. Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. Not well advanced in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Country-western two-step — The country/western two step, often called the Texas two step or simply the two step, is a country/western dance usually danced to country music. As with other country/western dances, there are different versions of two step. Even the same dance… …   Wikipedia

  • backward — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ a rather backward part of the countr …   Collocations dictionary

  • country — n 1. region, district, territory, tract of land, land, terrain; section, quarter, area, place; parts, neighborhood, Inf. neck of the woods. 2. nation, power, state, commonwealth, city state; kingdom, realm, royal domain or territory; union,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • Other Backward Class — The Central Government of India classifies some of its citizens based on their social and economic condition as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Other Backward Class (OBC). The OBC list presented by the commission is dynamic… …   Wikipedia


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