roll·back | \ˈrōl-ˌbak \

Definition of rollback 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of rolling back a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices

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Definition of roll back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce (something, such as a commodity price) to or toward a previous level on a national scale

2 : to cause to retreat or withdraw : push back

3 : rescind attempted to roll back antipollution standards

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Examples of rollback in a Sentence


a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices a rollback in environmental regulations a rollback of previous wage concessions


lobbyists for the industry pressured the legislators to roll back the new automotive safety standards
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So regulatory rollbacks, even announcements thereof, are precious points on the board. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Scott Pruitt lasted so long at the EPA, and what finally did him in," 7 July 2018 Pruitt has initiated more than a dozen regulatory rollbacks, including signing a measure declaring his intent to undo or weaken Obama’s climate-change regulations known as the Clean Power Plan. Coral Davenport, The Seattle Times, "In Trump White House, science is unwelcome and so is advice," 9 June 2018 Meanwhile, the EPA’s 44-member Science Advisory Board voted Thursday to review the rollback -- among other actions taken by the agency -- amid concerns the move wasn’t sufficiently justified. Ryan Beene,, "EPA Said to Seek End of California's Authority Over Car Rule," 31 May 2018 In announcing the rollback, Pruitt's agency ignored its own findings about how much environmental damage the vehicles cause. Evan Halper,, "EPA used disavowed research to justify putting dirtier trucks on the road," 29 May 2018 Schneiderman, a prominent supporter of the #MeToo movement (and opponent of the net neutrality rollback) who sued Harvey Weinstein, denies the allegations but has stepped down. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Iran Day, Takeda and Shire, Athenahealth Bid: CEO Daily for May 8, 2018," 8 May 2018 At least ten of Pruitt’s intended regulatory rollbacks, in fact, are on hold due to lawsuits, according to the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, a group run out of New York University Law School. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "How “Effective” Is Scott Pruitt, Really?," 6 Apr. 2018 But a more gradual rollback is certainly plausible, as Irin Carmon has outlined in the Washington Post. Dylan Scott, Vox, "John Roberts is the Supreme Court’s new swing vote. Is he going to overturn Roe v. Wade?," 9 July 2018 But White House officials — particularly Chief of Staff John F. Kelly — made the case that Wheeler could accomplish the same regulatory rollbacks without the drama. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Shift at EPA shows technocrats are replacing big-personality Cabinet members," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of rollback


1937, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of rollback

: a reduction or decrease in something

: the act of reversing or undoing something

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