- a reversal, check, or interruption in progress; relapse; upset
- the required minimum distance between a building and a property line (often, specif., the front property line) established by local code or ordinance
- an upper part of a wall or building set back to form a steplike section
- pitch (noun)
When Alice got laid-off from her job, she viewed it as only a temporary setback on her career goals.
An example of a setback is someone having a large, unexpected expense while in escrow on a house for which they have to find additional funds.
- An unanticipated or sudden check in progress; a change from better to worse.
- a. A steplike recession in a wall. Also called setoff .b. Any of a series of such recessions in the rise of a tall building.
- An automatically timed setting of a thermostat to a lower temperature, as in the home at night.
- An obstacle, delay, or disadvantage.
- After some initial setbacks, the expedition went safely on its way.
- (US) The required distance between a structure and a road.
- (architecture) A step-like recession in a wall.
- Setbacks were initially used for structural reasons, but now are often mandated by land use codes.
- (possibly archaic) A backset; a countercurrent; an eddy.
- A backset; a check; a repulse; a relapse.
setback - Legal Definition
- Rallying Chants are used to help re-focus the crowd after team has suffered a setback.
- Chutes and Ladders: While the play may be simple, young and old players alike can benefit from reminders that every action has consequences and if you break the cookie jar, you will have to overcome the setback.
- Missing even one payment can be a huge setback when trying to increase your credit score.
- If relapse should happen, don't think you can't quit; it's just a temporary setback.
- Any setback, any stumbling blocks - these are all easily pushed away by Aries.