Setback meaning

sĕtbăk
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A reversal, check, or interruption in progress; relapse; upset.
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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.

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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.
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(US) The required distance between a structure and a road.
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(architecture) A step-like recession in a wall.

Setbacks were initially used for structural reasons, but now are often mandated by land use codes.

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(possibly archaic) A backset; a countercurrent; an eddy.
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A backset; a check; a repulse; a relapse.
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An unanticipated or sudden check in progress; a change from better to worse.
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After some initial setbacks, the expedition went safely on its way.

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An automatically timed setting of a thermostat to a lower temperature, as in the home at night.
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Origin of setback