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SETBACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does setback mean? 

SETBACK (noun)
  The noun SETBACK has 1 sense:

1. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

  Familiarity information: SETBACK used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SETBACK (noun)


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Meaning:

An unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

setback; reversal; black eye; blow; reverse

Hypernyms ("setback" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "setback"):

whammy (a serious or devastating setback)


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