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Noun: setback  'set,bak
  1. An unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
    - reverse, reversal, blow, black eye
Noun: set-back
  1. Structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
    - setoff, offset
Verb: set back  set bak
  1. Hold back to a later time
    "let's set back the exam";
    - postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table [N. Amer], shelve, defer, remit, put off
  2. Slow down the progress of; hinder
  3. Cost a certain amount
    - knock back, put back

Derived forms: setbacks, set-backs, set back, sets back, setting back

See also: set

Type of: be, construction, cost, delay, entrammel, fetter, happening, hinder, impede, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, structure, trammel

Encyclopedia: Setback

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