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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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 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) 2.0

      n : offensive assertiveness [syn: bumptiousness, cockiness,