noun set·back \ˈset-ˌbak\

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

Full Definition of SETBACK

:  a checking of progress
:  4pitch 7
:  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
:  automatic scheduled adjustment to a lower temperature setting of a thermostat
:  the distance of a structure or other feature (as a well or septic system) from the property line or other feature

Examples of SETBACK

  1. Despite some early setbacks, they eventually became a successful company.
  2. <the colonists persevered despite suffering setbacks that would have discouraged lesser souls>

First Known Use of SETBACK


Rhymes with SETBACK

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SETBACK Defined for Kids


noun set·back \ˈset-ˌbak\

Definition of SETBACK for Kids

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


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