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 (sĕt′ôf′, -ŏf′)
1. Something, such as a decoration, that sets off something else by contrast.
2. Something that offsets or compensates for something else; a counterbalance.
3. A counterclaim that reduces or discharges the amount owed to a claimant.
4. Architecture See setback.
5. Printing See offset.


(ˈsɛtˌɔf, -ˌɒf)

1. something that counterbalances or makes up for something else, as compensation for a loss.
2. a counterbalancing claim that cancels an amount a debtor owes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.setoff - structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"


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All that is very well," said Don Quixote; "but let the shoes and the blood-lettings stand as a setoff against the blows you have given him without any cause; for if he spoiled the leather of the shoes you paid for, you have damaged that of his body, and if the barber took blood from him when he was sick, you have drawn it when he was sound; so on that score he owes you nothing.
For example, under our agreement with Pfizer, we will share the confirmatory clinical study costs for PF582 with our share capped at $20 million, $10 million of which will be setoff as a credit against royalties payable to us unless the collaboration agreement is terminated prior to such setoff.
New stops have been installed and services will make those stops their setoff point.
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Ordinarily, creation of a lien on a debt, contingent or vested, would interfere with the strategy of setoff.
The issues about values, direction and setoff factors inherited by modern valleys relating to Neogene remained unresolved.
4) Setoff between one entry in the current account and another entry in the account itself may not be made.
Thankfully, a shot at redemption was available the next day as I setoff for another long run.
They held their last training session at Roseberry Topping yesterday and will setoff for Kilimanjaro tomorrow.
Since the first edition of the race setoff from the UK in 1996 more than 3,000 people have now taken up that challenge and for all of them it has proved a life enhancing and, in many cases, life-changing experience.
It is true that the spontaneous setoff needs rationalization and someone to come up with the programs for the transfer of power and for managing the change and preventing it from slipping into an excessive violence and to a sectarian confrontation.