1. an advanced stage

the forwardness of the harvest this year


the arts are in no kind of forwardness in this matter

Derivationally related forms: ↑forward
Hypernyms: ↑earliness
2. prompt willingness

readiness to continue discussions


they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel


they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority


he tried to explain his forwardness in battle

Syn: ↑readiness, ↑eagerness, ↑zeal
Hypernyms: ↑willingness
3. offensive boldness and assertiveness
Syn: ↑bumptiousness, ↑cockiness, ↑pushiness
Derivationally related forms: ↑forward, ↑pushy (for: ↑pushiness), ↑cocky (for: ↑cockiness), ↑bumptious (for: ↑bumptiousness)
Hypernyms: ↑assertiveness, ↑self-assertiveness

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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