{n.} A disadvantage; a delay. * /We suffered a major setback when my wife lost her job./

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  • setback — [n] disappointment about face*, backset, bath*, blow, bottom, check, comedown, defeat, delay, difficulty, drawing board*, flipflop*, hindrance, hitch*, hold up, impediment, misfortune, obstacle, rebuff, regress, regression, reversal, reversal of… …   New thesaurus

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  • setback — n. 1) to have, receive, suffer a setback 2) a serious; unexpected setback 3) a business; diplomatic; financial; military; personal; political; professional setback * * * [ setbæk] diplomatic financial military personal political professional… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • setback — UK [ˈsetˌbæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms setback : singular setback plural setbacks a problem that delays or that stops progress or makes a situation worse setback for: Falling share prices may be another setback for the troubled economy.… …   English dictionary

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