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Definition of rollback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

roll back

rolled back; rolling back; rolls back

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the rollbacks on emissions from oilfields, storage sites and pipelines have split the oil industry, worrying some in the industry about growing blowback in a world increasingly mindful of climate change. Cathy Bussewitz, The Denver Post, "EPA moves to revoke rules on oil industry methane leaks," 29 Aug. 2019 The rollbacks on emissions from oilfields, storage sites and pipelines have split the oil industry, worrying some in the industry about growing blowback in a world increasingly mindful of climate change. Ellen Knickmeyer,, "Trump’s EPA proposes loosening Obama-era rules on methane emissions," 29 Aug. 2019 In the Trump administration, three senior political officials working on the rollback, a complex legal and scientific process, have all left the administration recently. New York Times, "Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray," 20 Aug. 2019 Three of the last four years, the assessments exceeded the 4% growth allowed under state law, so there were property tax rate rollbacks, Frockt told reporters at a briefing about Fischer's budget proposal. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville officials propose slight bump in property tax rates, as called for in budget," 6 Aug. 2019 The world’s largest automakers doubled down on their call for the Trump Administration to rethink the scope of a rollback on limits on pollution from cars that were designed to fight climate change. Justin Worland, Time, "The World's Largest Automakers Asked Trump Not to Loosen a Climate Change Standard. Here's Why," 7 June 2019 For now, Zinke continues to deliver rollbacks on environmental rules for coal, oil, and natural gas on public lands, a key plank of the president’s agenda. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might face a criminal investigation," 5 Nov. 2018 Four out of 10 favored a rollback, but just half of those called for total repeal. Washington Post, "Biden’s full embrace of Obama health law has political risks," 28 July 2019 That’s a slight rollback, but that’s what negotiations are all about. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In climate deal with automakers, California finds solution to Trump — ignore him," 25 July 2019

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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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