- The definition of a setback is an interruption in progress.
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.
setback definition by Webster's New World
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- a reversal, check, or interruption in progress; relapse; upset
- an upper part of a wall or building set back to form a steplike section
- pitch ()
setback definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- An unanticipated or sudden check in progress; a change from better to worse.
- a. A steplike recession in a wall.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.
setback - Business Definition
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Business Terms Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Minimum horizontal distance between a structure and the property line or some other established boundary.
setback - Legal Definition
The minimum distance from the property line to where a structure may be built, as regulated by zoning statutes or restrictions in the deeds in various locales. Meant to keep houses from being built so close to each other that they cut off the light to and ventilation from a neighbor’s home. Setback also applies to how close a structure may be built to a road.