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 (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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