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[fawr-werd-nis] /ˈfɔr wərd nɪs/
overreadiness to push oneself forward; lack of appropriate modesty; presumption; boldness.
cheerful readiness; promptness; eagerness.
condition of being in advance.
Origin of forwardness
1515-25; forward + -ness Unabridged
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  • This is said to be a miracle of forwardness among the learned.

  • Gilian was trembling and parched at the lips now, awake to the enormity of his forwardness.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • There may be pride, or self-consciousness, or forwardness, or other qualities of this nature which he has never noticed.

    The Master's Indwelling Andrew Murray
  • Then, half-ashamed and startled at her forwardness, her gaze dropped.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • She chatted gaily on every subject he opened; showed no forwardness; was even shy when, after dinner, he sat down near her.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • At least I showed no forwardness; to that I was sworn, and adhered most obstinately.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • This may be Spanish resignation and filial submission, but it looks very like Yankee disobedience and forwardness.

  • Such was their forwardness on the 10th, that it was determined to summon the commandant.

British Dictionary definitions for forwardness


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

1520s, from forward (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "presumptuousness" is from c.1600.

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