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setbacknoun [C]

 us   /ˈsetˌbæk/
something that ​causesdelay or ​stopsprogress: Democrats ​suffered a ​serious setback in yesterday’s ​election, ​losing all three contested ​seats.
(Definition of setback from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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setbacknoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsetbæk/
something that ​happens that causes a delay or prevents a ​process from continuing: He suffered a setback yesterday in his attempts to take a ​stake in the ​mobilephonecompany.a setback to/for sth The new ​rule was a setback to ​smallercableoperatorsthinking of ​selling to other ​companies. a ​major/serious setback The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for the ​industry.
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE a ​fall in ​prices on a ​stock or ​financialmarket: The ​mailordergroup suffered a 17p setback to 366.5p. Small ​companies are less likely to be ​diversified so setbacks in a ​singlesector are more likely to ​wipe them out.
(Definition of setback from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “setback”
in Chinese (Simplified) 挫折, 障碍…
in Turkish aksilik, terslik, engel…
in Russian задержка, неудача…
in Chinese (Traditional) 挫折, 障礙…
in Polish komplikacja, niepowodzenie…
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