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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. offensive boldness and assertiveness;
[syn: bumptiousness, cockiness, pushiness, forwardness]

2. an advanced stage;
- Example: "the forwardness of the harvest this year"
- Example: "the arts are in no kind of forwardness in this matter"

3. prompt willingness;
- Example: "readiness to continue discussions"
- Example: "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"
- Example: "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"
- Example: "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
[syn: readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness]

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Forwardness \For"ward*ness\, n. The quality of being forward; cheerful readiness; promtness; as, the forwardness of Christians in propagating the gospel. [1913 Webster] 2. An advanced stage of progress or of preparation; advancement; as, his measures were in great forwardness. --Robertson. [1913 Webster] 3. Eagerness; ardor; as, it is difficult to restrain the forwardness of youth. [1913 Webster] 3. Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or modesty. [1913 Webster] In France it is usual to bring children into company, and cherish in them, from their infancy, a kind of forwardness and assurance. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 5. A state of advance beyond the usual degree; prematureness; precocity; as, the forwardnessof spring or of corn; the forwardness of a pupil. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

forwardness n 1: offensive boldness and assertiveness [syn: bumptiousness, cockiness, pushiness, forwardness] 2: an advanced stage; "the forwardness of the harvest this year"; "the arts are in no kind of forwardness in this matter" 3: prompt willingness; "readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle" [syn: readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness]