index adversity, casualty, damper (depressant), debacle, decline, defeat, delay, disadvantage, disaster, hindrance, impediment, misfortune, plight, relapse, toll (effect), trouble

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A building’s distance from a curb, building, property line, or other boundary.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The distance between a property boundary and a building. Local zoning laws usually require minimum setbacks.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The minimum distance from the property line to where a structure may be built, as regulated by zoning statutes or restrictions in the deeds in various locales. Meant to keep houses from being built so close to each other that they cut off the light to and ventilation from a neighbor's home. Setback also applies to how close a structure may be built to a road.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A distance from a curb, property line, or structure within which building is prohibited.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A distance from a curb, property line, or structure within which building is prohibited.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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