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English definition of “setback”

setback

noun [C]     /ˈset.bæk/
C1 something that happens that delays or prevents a process from developing: Sally had been recovering well from her operation, but yesterday she experienced/suffered a setback. There has been a slight/temporary setback in our plans. → See also set sth/sb back, set sth backDifficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
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