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
Despite some early setbacks, they eventually became a successful company.
the colonists persevered despite suffering setbacks that would have discouraged lesser souls
First Known Use of setback
SETBACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of setback for English Language Learners
: a problem that makes progress more difficult or success less likely
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Definition of setback for Students
: a slowing of progress : a temporary defeat Despite several setbacks we finished on schedule.
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