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At or in the rear.
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  1. At or in the rear.
  2. At, in, or toward the rear
At or to the stern of a vessel.
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  1. At or to the stern of a vessel.
  2. With or having the stern foremost; backward.
  3. (Nautical) behind
That follows, as in a line
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  1. That follows, as in a line
Retroactive:
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  1. Retroactive:
  2. Designating, of, or suggesting a style of an earlier time that has been revived
  3. Of, or relating to the past, past times, or the way things were
(--- Astron.) Moving in an orbit opposite to the usual orbital direction of similar celestial bodies, as opposite to the direction of the earth in its journey around the sun
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  1. (--- Astron.) Moving in an orbit opposite to the usual orbital direction of similar celestial bodies, as opposite to the direction of the earth in its journey around the sun
  2. Going back or tending to go back to an earlier, esp. worse, condition; retrogressive
  3. Having a brief, regularly occurring, apparently backward movement in the sky as viewed from Earth against the background of fixed stars. Retrograde movement of the planets is caused by the differing orbital velocities of Earth and the body observed. For example, the outer planets normally appear to drift gradually eastward in the sky in relation to the fixed stars; that is, they appear night after night to fall a little farther behind the neighboring stars in their westward passage across the sky. However, at certain times a particular planet appears briefly to speed up and move westward a bit more quickly than the neighboring stars. This happens as Earth, in its faster inner orbit, overtakes and passes the planet in its slower outer orbit; the appearance of moving counter to its usual eastward drift is thus simply the result of perspective as seen from Earth.
Designating a tax that becomes proportionately lower as the tax base increases
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  1. Designating a tax that becomes proportionately lower as the tax base increases
  2. Relating to or being a tax that amounts to a higher percentage of income as income decreases or that places a proportionately higher burden on lower-income taxpayers.
  3. Of, like, or characteristic of regression
Produced as an automatic response or reaction:
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  1. Produced as an automatic response or reaction:
  2. (--- Physiol.) Designating or of an involuntary action, as a sneeze, resulting from a stimulus that is carried by an afferent nerve to a nerve center and the response that is reflected along an efferent nerve to some muscle or gland
  3. Bent, turned, or thrown back; reflected.
Of or relating to retrogression
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  1. Of or relating to retrogression
  2. Directed towards the rear or the past; retrograde
Lacking normal intelligence or understanding; slow-witted; dull
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  1. Lacking normal intelligence or understanding; slow-witted; dull
  2. Used to express disparagement or exasperation:
  3. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied:
Having a mind that works slowly and ineffectively; not bright or alert; dull
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  1. Having a mind that works slowly and ineffectively; not bright or alert; dull
  2. Lacking a keen or swift intellect, not too bright or not too swift.
  3. Alternative form of slow-witted.
Difficult to understand because of complexity or obscurity:
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  1. Difficult to understand because of complexity or obscurity:
  2. Permitting little light to pass through, because of compactness of matter:
  3. Hard to penetrate; thick:
Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
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  1. Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
  2. Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others:
  3. Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
Designated as unavailable except for a certain purpose or user; kept in reserve:
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  1. Designated as unavailable except for a certain purpose or user; kept in reserve:
  2. (Not comparable) Set aside for the use of a particular person or party.
  3. Given to or marked by self-restraint and reticence:
Easily startled; timid:
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  1. Easily startled; timid:
  2. Characterized by reserve or diffidence:
  3. Distrustful; wary:
(US, Canada) Moving or located in the direction of rotation opposite from clockwise
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  1. (US, Canada) Moving or located in the direction of rotation opposite from clockwise
  2. In a direction opposite to that in which the hands of a clock move
(Chemistry) (of sugar) Having its polarization changed by hydrolysis; see invert sugar
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  1. (Chemistry) (of sugar) Having its polarization changed by hydrolysis; see invert sugar
  2. (Music) (of a chord) Having the lowest note transposed an octave higher
  3. Changed to a contrary or counterchanged order or direction; characterized by inversion; turned upside down; reversed; opposite; contrary.
Not developed to the proper or desirable degree; specif., so inadequately developed economically and industrially as to have a relatively low standard of living
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  1. Not developed to the proper or desirable degree; specif., so inadequately developed economically and industrially as to have a relatively low standard of living
  2. (Photography) of a film that has had insufficient development before being fixed
  3. Processed in too weak a developing solution, or for too short a time, or at too low a temperature to produce a normal degree of contrast. Used of film.
Making relatively little progress for the time spent; marked by low speed, rate of rhythm, etc.; not fast or rapid
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  1. Making relatively little progress for the time spent; marked by low speed, rate of rhythm, etc.; not fast or rapid
  2. Holding back fast progress, development, etc.; making speed or progress difficult
  3. Marked by a retarded tempo:
(Slang) Inept, ineffectual, pathetic, etc.
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  1. (Slang) Inept, ineffectual, pathetic, etc.
  2. Slowed or delayed in development or progress, esp. because of mental retardation
  3. Occurring or developing later than desired or expected; delayed.
Having been stopped or prevented from developing
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  1. Having been stopped or prevented from developing
Having a pattern of checks or squares:
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  1. Having a pattern of checks or squares:
  2. (Phonet.) Ending in a consonant
  3. Held in check; restrained.
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  1. In debt, or in arrears
  2. Being late or slow, especially in paying a debt:
  3. Late, tardy, overdue
Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage:
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  1. Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage:
  2. Coming, occurring, continuing, or remaining after the correct, usual, or expected time; delayed:
  3. Dead, especially if only recently deceased:
  1. Deprived of the opportunities and advantages of other members of one's community.
  2. Lacking the standard of living and opportunities enjoyed by most people in a society.
  3. Deprived of a decent standard of living, adequate education, and economic security through poverty, discrimination, etc.
Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
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  1. Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
Of or relating to orbital motion in the direction opposite that of the predominant motion in an orbital system.
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  1. Of or relating to orbital motion in the direction opposite that of the predominant motion in an orbital system.
  2. (--- Astron.) Moving in an orbit opposite to the usual orbital direction of similar celestial bodies, as opposite to the direction of the earth in its journey around the sun
  3. (Obs.) Opposed; contrary
Of or relating to retrogression
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  1. Of or relating to retrogression
  2. Directed towards the rear or the past; retrograde
Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
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  1. Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
  2. Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others:
  3. Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed
Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved:
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  1. Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved:
  2. Affectedly and often flirtatiously shy or modest:
  3. (Archaic) Shrinking from contact or familiarity with others; bashful; shy
Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
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  1. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
  2. Decorous; modest; reserved
  3. Affectedly modest or shy; coy
Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
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  1. Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
  2. Full of diffidence; lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value:
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  1. Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value:
  2. Quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc.; not pretentious
  3. Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident:
Drawing back from contact with others, from publicity, etc.; reserved; shy
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  1. Drawing back from contact with others, from publicity, etc.; reserved; shy
  2. Shy, introverted, liking privacy.
  3. Shy and reserved; modest.
Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.
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  1. Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.
  2. Shy, extremely humble and modest; making oneself seem unnoticeable.
Easily startled; timid:
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  1. Easily startled; timid:
  2. Characterized by reserve or diffidence:
  3. Distrustful; wary:
Showing fear or lack of self-confidence; hesitant
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  1. Showing fear or lack of self-confidence; hesitant
  2. Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
  3. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
Intellectually or morally backward; unenlightened
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  1. Intellectually or morally backward; unenlightened
  2. Lacking knowledge or education; unenlightened
  3. Being in a state of moral or intellectual darkness; unenlightened.
Lacking knowledge (in a particular area or matter)
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  1. Lacking knowledge (in a particular area or matter)
  2. Shakespeare
  3. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge:
(Linguistics) Serving as the basis for derived or inflected forms:
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  1. (Linguistics) Serving as the basis for derived or inflected forms:
  2. Not resulting from conscious thought or deliberation; unconscious or instinctual:
  3. Being a protolanguage:
Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
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  1. Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
Arousing little interest; lacking liveliness; boring:
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  1. Arousing little interest; lacking liveliness; boring:
  2. Mentally slow; stupid
  3. Not clear or resonant:
Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere:
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  1. Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere:
  2. Having little or no ornamentation; not embellished or adorned:
  3. Lowly in condition or rank:
Lacking in subtlety or sophistication; artless or naive:
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  1. Lacking in subtlety or sophistication; artless or naive:
  2. Lacking subtlety or sophistication
  3. Stupid or silly; foolish.
Holding back fast progress, development, etc.; making speed or progress difficult
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  1. Holding back fast progress, development, etc.; making speed or progress difficult
  2. Allowing movement or action only at a low speed:
  3. Not moving or able to move quickly; proceeding at a low speed:
Having a mind that works slowly and ineffectively; not bright or alert; dull
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  1. Having a mind that works slowly and ineffectively; not bright or alert; dull
  2. Alternative form of slow-witted.
  3. Slow to comprehend.
Not demanding or difficult; easy:
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  1. Not demanding or difficult; easy:
  2. Informal and entertaining without confronting difficult issues or hard facts:
  3. Not sharply drawn or delineated:
Exhibiting a marked lack of intelligent consideration and forethought:
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  1. Exhibiting a marked lack of intelligent consideration and forethought:
  2. Deficient in intelligence. No longer in scientific use.
Having or characteristic of mental retardation
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  1. Having or characteristic of mental retardation
  2. Slowed or delayed in development or progress, esp. because of mental retardation
  3. (Slang) Inept, ineffectual, pathetic, etc.
Foolish; silly.
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  1. Foolish; silly.
  2. Showing weakness of resolve or thought
  3. Of less than normal intellect. Not in scientific use.
Occurring after; indicating the later phase of
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  1. Occurring after; indicating the later phase of
  2. Falling behind, not keeping up the pace
(Photography) of a film that has had insufficient development before being fixed
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  1. (Photography) of a film that has had insufficient development before being fixed
  2. Having a low level of economic productivity and technological sophistication within the contemporary range of possibility; developing:
  3. Not developed to the proper or desirable degree; specif., so inadequately developed economically and industrially as to have a relatively low standard of living
Unhappy, and blaming oneself rather than others; despondent
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  1. Unhappy, and blaming oneself rather than others; despondent
  2. Sluggish in growth or activity:
  3. Affected with depression as a mood disorder.
Lacking in advantage, opportunity, or experience:
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  1. Lacking in advantage, opportunity, or experience:
  2. Marked by deprivation, especially of economic or social necessities.
  3. Subject to deprivation; poor.
Being at a disadvantage, especially with respect to competitive or opposing elements or forces:
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  1. Being at a disadvantage, especially with respect to competitive or opposing elements or forces:
  2. Poor; in financial difficulties.
  3. Deprived of a decent standard of living, education, etc. by poverty and a lack of opportunity; underprivileged
Reduced to poverty; poverty-stricken:
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  1. Reduced to poverty; poverty-stricken:
  2. Deprived of richness or strength; limited or depleted:
  1. Deprived of the opportunities and advantages of other members of one's community.
  2. Lacking the standard of living and opportunities enjoyed by most people in a society.
  3. Deprived of a decent standard of living, adequate education, and economic security through poverty, discrimination, etc.
Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.
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  1. Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.
  2. Moderate; cautious:
  3. Of or adhering to Conservative Judaism.
Of, characterized by, or advocating reaction, esp. in politics
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  1. Of, characterized by, or advocating reaction, esp. in politics
  2. Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative.
Not progressive; not contributing to progress.
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