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rearward

[ reer-werd for 1-4; reer-wawrd for 5 ]
/ ˈrɪər wərd for 1-4; ˈrɪər wɔrd for 5 /
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adverb

Also rearwards. toward or in the rear.

adjective

located in, near, or toward the rear.
directed toward the rear.

noun

a position at the rear: in the rearward of fashion.
Also Obsolete, rere·ward . the rear division of a military unit; rear guard.

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Origin of rearward

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English rerewarde, from Anglo-French. See rear1, -ward
rear·ward·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rearward

rearward
/ (ˈrɪəwəd) /

adjective, adverb

towards or in the rearAlso (for adverb only): rearwards

noun

a position in the rear, esp the rear division of a military formation
C14 (as a noun: the part of an army positioned behind the main body of troops): from Anglo-French rerewarde, variant of reregarde; see rearguard
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