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
Recent Examples of setback from the Web
OMAHA, Neb. — The Louisville baseball team suffered a College World Series setback in its 5-1 loss to Florida on Tuesday, but despair not, Cards fans – where there's a will, there's a way.
One of the most attractive aspects of owning property in Atherton — big lots with plenty of setback from the street for privacy — is sometimes also a hindrance to security, when burglars can break in without being seen.
Don't Catastrophize Shake off unexpected setbacks and stop worrying about how these blunders look to other people.
Despite the setback, the Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world.
The Nazi setbacks in the November elections produced a brief moment of hope.
Today’s setback would just lead to tomorrow’s advance.
Goldman Sachs’ CEO tweeted for the first time, calling the move a setback for the world.
There are fewer of those cases than expected and their political setbacks seldom display signs of foreign malfeasance.
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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
SETBACK Defined for Kids
Definition of setback for Students
: a slowing of progress : a temporary defeat Despite several setbacks we finished on schedule.
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