Definition of backward-looking in English:



  • Opposing progress and innovation; reactionary.

    ‘archaic social institutions with their backward-looking attitudes and beliefs’
    • ‘The irony of such estrangement from modernism is that it is as rooted in the ‘Western tradition’ as modernism itself - but only in its more reactionary and backward-looking strands.’
    • ‘But as a whole, this anachronistic, backward-looking, visibly old-fashioned party needs a fundamental renewal before it is fit to govern again.’
    • ‘He was old-fashioned, backward-looking, scared of change and progress.’
    • ‘I always thought that the position labor took on the trade bill was backward-looking, it was reactionary, and now they're paying a price for their own rhetoric.’
    • ‘Reactionary, backward-looking politics has been reform blocker number one.’
    • ‘But she also criticised backward-looking attitudes of some local producers who refused to share know-how with each other.’
    • ‘In this, the prioritisation is not about providing the foundation for confident future actions, but expresses a kind of backward-looking insecurity about past transactions.’
    • ‘If the Government is reduced to grubbing the votes of its most backward-looking, antediluvian backbenchers, then what is it in office for?’
    • ‘It's not that they're filled with reactionary, backward-looking people (okay, there may be a few exceptions).’
    • ‘His attitude is somewhat old-fashioned and backward-looking.’
    • ‘Every conservationist is in danger of being labelled reactionary, a stick-in-the-mud, backward-looking.’
    • ‘And it is fair to surmise that underlying each of these assaults are some very backward-looking and misogynistic beliefs.’
    • ‘But in at least one sphere, the country remains stubbornly backward-looking: environmental conservation.’
    • ‘His was a profoundly backward-looking reaction, based on a rural idyll that never existed - feudalism lite.’
    • ‘Yet it contained backward-looking, and even antiquarian, impulses too.’
    • ‘They were both conservative, backward-looking, and opposed to technological change.’
    • ‘We are thus confronted with the paradox that the devastation caused by backward-looking madmen will lead to a homage to the past.’
    • ‘While there is evidence to support this upbeat view, much of it is backward-looking, and it is remarkably free of that three-letter word now dominating stock market and investor sentiment: oil.’
    • ‘You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a more backward-looking, wasteful and self-defeating energy ‘plan’ than this one.’
    • ‘Applied to almost anything spriggy and floral, it supposedly encapsulated everything that is fussy and backward-looking about British style.’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated