setback

noun
set·​back | \ ˈset-ˌbak How to pronounce setback (audio) \

Definition of setback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a checking of progress
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

set back

verb
set back; setting back; sets back

Definition of set back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of setback in a Sentence

Noun Despite some early setbacks, they eventually became a successful company. the colonists persevered despite suffering setbacks that would have discouraged lesser souls
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The latest setback came after a week of Meyer apologizing for his off-field behavior in Ohio following Week 4's loss in Cincinnati, and his players answering questions about it. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 The ruling marks the latest setback for Democrats who have pinned their hopes of passing immigration reform this year on the reconciliation bill. Daniella Diaz, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 The Tigers' 27-21 loss in double overtime to N.C. State is the latest setback for a team that can't do anything on offense and is facing major questions for the first time in a decade. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 The reversal is the latest setback for prosecutors in the case. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 24 Sep. 2021 The legislative proposal is the latest setback in Europe for Apple, which European Union regulators have accused of maintaining unfair fees on rival music-streaming services like Spotify that depend on the App Store to reach customers. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Monday’s ruling is the latest setback in a murder case that captivated Osceola County and Colchester, Conn., where Todt owned a private physical therapy practice until he was accused by federal investigators of healthcare fraud. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Monday’s ruling is the latest setback in a murder case that captivated Osceola County and Colchester, Conn., where Todt owned a private physical therapy practice until he was accused by federal investigators of healthcare fraud. Cristóbal Reyes, courant.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Thursday's ruling is the latest judicial setback for the Biden administration's border policy, which has been criticized by both Republicans and progressive activists. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of setback

Noun

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of setback was in 1600

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15 Oct 2021

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“Setback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/setback. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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setback

noun

English Language Learners Definition of setback

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

setback

noun
set·​back | \ ˈset-ˌbak How to pronounce setback (audio) \

Kids Definition of setback

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

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