Advanced vs Backward - What's the difference?

advanced | backward |

As adjectives the difference between advanced and backward

is that advanced is (senseid)at or close to the state of the art while backward is (of motion) pertaining to the direction towards the back.

As a verb advanced

is (advance).

As an adverb backward is

(of motion) in the direction towards the back; backwards.

As a noun backward is

the state behind or past.




  • (advance)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (senseid)At or close to the state of the art.
  • Enhanced.
  • Having moved forward in time or space (e.g. advanced ignition timing).
  • * Hawthorne
  • a gentleman advanced in years, with a hard experience written in his wrinkles
  • In a late stage of development; greatly developed beyond an initial stage.
  • (phonetics) Pronounced farther to the front of the vocal tract.
  • Synonyms

    * progressive, professional, sophisticated

    Derived terms

    * advanced degree * advanced green

    See also

    * cutting edge * groundbreaking




    (en adjective)
  • (of motion) Pertaining to the direction towards the back.
  • They left without a backward glance.
  • (of motion) Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.
  • The occasional backward movement of planets is evidence they revolve around the sun.
  • Reluctant or unable to advance.
  • * 1919 ,
  • Then her eyes, always alert for the affairs of her kitchen, fell on some action of the Chinese cook which aroused her violent disapproval. She turned on him with a torrent of abuse. The Chink was not backward to defend himself, and a very lively quarrel ensued.
  • * Don't be backward in suggesting story ideas to local media but always think of the wants, needs and desires of their readers when selling-in story ideas.[]
  • Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.
  • * Most cruelly, the immediate security interests of the United States and the states surrounding Somalia are now to keep it a failed state, to prevent Islamists from consolidating even a weak state centered on Mogadishu. The leader of the victorious faction, one Aden Hashi 'Ayro, is said to be a veteran of Afghanistan; he knows well what a small sanctuary in a backward corner of the globe can mean for al Qaeda. []
  • Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.
  • * Replace the morbid, bankrupting, backward idea of superpower domination: Weapons dismantled. Global warming reversed. Perhaps, in time, overpopulation, poverty, starvation, ignorance and disease all resolved. Thus, moral determination combined with 21st Century science, ecology and social initiatives will make possible a resonant fulfillment of our American Revolution []
  • (cricket) On that part of the field behind the batsman's popping crease.
  • (cricket) Further behind the batsman's popping crease than something else.
  • (obsolete) Unwilling; averse; reluctant.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves.
  • Slow to apprehend; having difficulties in learning.
  • a backward child
  • Late or behindhand.
  • a backward season
  • (obsolete) Already past or gone; bygone.
  • * Byron
  • and flies unconscious o'er each backward year


    * (in reverse direction) retrograde * (of an undeveloped culture) third world * backwards, fogyish, old-fashioned, antiquated, antediluvian, unprogressive, retrograde, outdated, parachronistic, out of date


    * (of an undeveloped culture) forward * (of an outdated thought) progressive


    (en adverb)
  • (of motion) In the direction towards the back; backwards
  • to walk or ride backward'''; to throw the arms '''backward
  • Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.
  • * John Locke
  • some reigns backward
  • By way of reflection; reflexively.
  • From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
  • * Dryden
  • The work went backward .


    * backwards


    * forward, forwards


  • The state behind or past.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In the dark backward and abysm of time.