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setback

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noun set·back \ˈset-ˌbak\

Simple Definition of setback

  • : a problem that makes progress more difficult or success less likely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of setback

  1. 1 :  a checking of progress

  2. 2 :  defeat, reverse

  3. 3 :  4pitch 7

  4. 4 :  a placing of a face of a building on a line some distance to the rear of the building line or of the wall below; also :  the area produced by a setback

  5. 5 :  automatic scheduled adjustment to a lower temperature setting of a thermostat

  6. 6 :  the distance of a structure or other feature (as a well or septic system) from the property line or other feature

Examples of setback in a sentence

  1. Despite some early setbacks, they eventually became a successful company.

  2. <the colonists persevered despite suffering setbacks that would have discouraged lesser souls>



1674

First Known Use of setback

1674

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SETBACK Defined for Kids

setback

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noun set·back \ˈset-ˌbak\

Definition of setback for Students

  1. :  a slowing of progress :  a temporary defeat <Despite several setbacks we finished on schedule.>





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