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forwardness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forwardness  \For"ward*ness\,  n. 
  The  quality  of  being  forward;  cheerful  readiness;  promtness; 
  as  the  forwardness  of  Christians  in  propagating  the  gospel. 
 
  2.  An  advanced  stage  of  progress  or  of  preparation; 
  advancement;  as  his  measures  were  in  great  forwardness. 
  --Robertson. 
 
  3.  Eagerness;  ardor;  as  it  is  difficult  to  restrain  the 
  forwardness  of  youth. 
 
  3.  Boldness;  confidence;  assurance;  want  of  due  reserve  or 
  modesty. 
 
  In  France  it  is  usual  to  bring  children  into 
  company,  and  cherish  in  them  from  their  infancy,  a 
  kind  of  forwardness  and  assurance.  --Addison. 
 
  5.  A  state  of  advance  beyond  the  usual  degree;  prematureness; 
  precocity;  as  the  forwardnessof  spring  or  of  corn;  the 
  forwardness  of  a  pupil. 
 
  He  had  such  a  dexterous  proclivity,  as  his  teachers 
  were  fain  to  restrain  his  forwardness.  --Sir  H. 
  Wotton. 
 
  Syn:  Promptness;  promptitude;  eagerness;  ardor;  zeal; 
  assurance;  confidence;  boldness;  impudence;  presumption. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forwardness 
  n  :  offensive  assertiveness  [syn:  {bumptiousness},  {cockiness}, 
  {pushiness}] 




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