- overreadiness to push oneself forward; lack of appropriate modesty; presumption; boldness.
- cheerful readiness; promptness; eagerness.
- condition of being in advance.
Origin of forwardness
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Examples from the Web for forwardness
It gives you the sense of the forwardness of history as well as the backwardness.Archbishop Pitches on Youtube For More Souls As He Prepares To Christen George
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Something like (forgive my forwardness) “No representation without taxation.”How the Wall Street Protesters Win
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Gilian was trembling and parched at the lips now, awake to the enormity of his forwardness.Gilian The Dreamer
Then, half-ashamed and startled at her forwardness, her gaze dropped.Patchwork
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At least I showed no forwardness; to that I was sworn, and adhered most obstinately.Simon Dale
Such was their forwardness on the 10th, that it was determined to summon the commandant.Southern Literature From 1579-1895
The ships in Cadiz are getting in forwardness to put to sea.
- lack of modesty; presumption; boldness
- willing readiness; eagerness
- a state or condition of advanced progress or development
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Word Origin and History for forwardness
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