Forwardness

Definition of Forwardness

For´ward`ness
n.1.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.

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assertiveness, bumptiousness, cockiness, pushiness, self-assertiveness
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