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rearward

[reer-werd for 1–4; reer-wawrd for 5] /ˈrɪər wərd for 1–4; ˈrɪər wɔrd for 5/
adverb
1.
Also, rearwards. toward or in the rear.
adjective
2.
located in, near, or toward the rear.
3.
directed toward the rear.
noun
4.
a position at the rear:
in the rearward of fashion.
5.
the rear division of a military unit.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English rerewarde < Anglo-French. See rear1, -ward
Related forms
rearwardness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for most rearward

rearward

/ˈrɪəwəd/
adjective, adverb
1.
towards or in the rear Also (for adverb only) rearwards
noun
2.
a position in the rear, esp the rear division of a military formation
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for most rearward

rearward

adv.

1590s, from rear (adj.) + -ward.

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