setback

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noun set·back \ ˈset-ˌbak \

Definition of setback

1 :a checking of progress
3 :4pitch 7
4 :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
5 :automatic scheduled adjustment to a lower temperature setting of a thermostat
6 :the distance of a structure or other feature (such as a well or septic system) from the property line or other feature

Examples of setback in a Sentence

  1. Despite some early setbacks, they eventually became a successful company.

  2. the colonists persevered despite suffering setbacks that would have discouraged lesser souls

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First Known Use of setback

1674


set back

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Definition of set back

transitive verb
1 :to slow the progress of :hinder, delay
2 :cost
  • a new suit will set you back $200

First Known Use of set back

1600


SETBACK Defined for English Language Learners

setback

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Definition of setback for English Language Learners

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


SETBACK Defined for Kids

setback

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noun set·back \ ˈset-ˌbak \

Definition of setback for Students

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


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