Definition of setback in English:

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setback

Pronunciation: /ˈsetˌbak/

noun

1A reversal or check in progress: a serious setback for the peace process
More example sentences
  • However, it is a fact of life that there is no progress without a few setbacks.
  • Unfortunately, the amount of work that she was being forced to do was a huge setback to their progress.
  • As the process moves forward, there will no doubt be frustrating delays and difficult setbacks.
Synonyms
2 Architecture A plain, flat offset in a wall.
Example sentences
  • We do not need windows in walls facing small setbacks to gain light and ventilation.
  • The article described the fashionable exterior skin and angling setbacks.
  • Leave the lip in place because it seems that even a three-course wall looks nicer with the setback.
3North American The distance by which a building or part of a building is set back from the property line.
Example sentences
  • Remember to provide for a 10-foot setback from property lines and buildings.
  • They should also be knowledgeable about local building codes, including property setbacks and variances.
  • Except for the required setbacks, the building is the same size and shape as the site.

Words that rhyme with setback

wetback

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Syllabification: set·back

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