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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

Noun a government-ordered rollback of gasoline prices a rollback in environmental regulations a rollback of previous wage concessions Verb 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 The overall intent of the bill was to shield California from the Trump administration's rollbacks of environmental laws and workplace protections, but Newsom said the legislation fell short of that promise. Washington Post, "More than 2,000 preserved fetal remains found in Illinois in deceased abortion provider’s home," 15 Sep. 2019 Some of its dystopian predictions about the rollback of reproductive rights now seem prophetic. The Economist, "The sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” explores the workings of repression," 12 Sep. 2019 The weakening of the methane standard is the latest in the march of environmental-policy rollbacks by the Trump administration designed to loosen regulations on industry. New York Times, "Curbs on Methane, Potent Greenhouse Gas, to Be Relaxed in U.S.," 29 Aug. 2019 In the face of unprecedented rollbacks at the agency designed to protect Americans' health and their environment, former EPA chiefs harken back to what prompted the EPA's creation. A. Chris Gajilan, CNN, "Nixon created the EPA in 1970. Today, it's a much different agency.," 23 Aug. 2019 Connecticut’s progress comes in light of federal rollbacks of rights and protections for LGBTQ Americans, said Gretchen Raffa, director of public policy and advocacy for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Tess Vrbin,, "Gov. Ned Lamont signed three laws Tuesday supporting the state’s LGBTQ community. Here’s what they do.," 9 July 2019 Sponsors of the financial regulation rollbacks include 2016 vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a former fair-housing lawyer. Tracy Jan,, "The Senate is poised to roll back rules meant to root out discrimination by mortgage lenders," 12 Mar. 2018 Soon after Soares’s victory, the state legislature began a rollback of the heinous measures. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 Their populations kept growing, too, since part of the global surge into nationalist reaction was a rollback of basic contraception and family planning services. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 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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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rollback was in 1937

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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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