push·​back ˈpu̇sh-ˌbak How to pronounce pushback (audio)
: the action of forcing an object backward
: resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In order for the bill to pass and eventually be implemented, Wahab foresees pushback. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2023 And frankly, there was great pushback from allies around the world. WIRED, 16 Mar. 2023 There’s been so much pushback about AI learning from artwork and images online without compensating or acknowledging artists. Elizabeth Myong, Dallas News, 13 Mar. 2023 There has already been significant pushback to the proposal, including by the telehealth lobby. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, 9 Mar. 2023 There has been a similar left-wing pushback in the U.K., with activists and Labour politicians claiming that the legislation is unworkable and cruel. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 9 Mar. 2023 Taylor Wilson: So is there any pushback on this from either fishing communities around the world or companies that do underwater mining, for example? Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2023 There has been some pushback to this, but at least 30% is understood as something definitely achievable in the current market. Jason Kaminsky, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 There has been strong pushback to anti-discrimination laws and policies that target caste from groups such as the Hindu American Foundation and the Coalition of Hindus of North America. Deepa Bharath, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pushback was in 1942

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“Pushback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushback. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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