Forwardness For"ward*ness, n. The quality of being forward; cheerful readiness; promtness; as, the forwardness of Christians in propagating the gospel. [1913 Webster]

2. An advanced stage of progress or of preparation; advancement; as, his measures were in great forwardness. --Robertson. [1913 Webster]

3. Eagerness; ardor; as, it is difficult to restrain the forwardness of youth. [1913 Webster]

3. Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or modesty. [1913 Webster]

In France it is usual to bring children into company, and cherish in them, from their infancy, a kind of forwardness and assurance. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

5. A state of advance beyond the usual degree; prematureness; precocity; as, the forwardnessof spring or of corn; the forwardness of a pupil. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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