[syn: readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness]
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2 definitions retrieved:
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.
2. An advanced stage of progress or of preparation;
advancement; as, his measures were in great forwardness.
3. Eagerness; ardor; as, it is difficult to restrain the
forwardness of youth.
3. Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or
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.
Syn: Promptness; promptitude; eagerness; ardor; zeal;
assurance; confidence; boldness; impudence; presumption.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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
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]