Definition of rollback in English:



  • 1North American A reduction or decrease.

    ‘a 5 percent rollback of personal income taxes’
    • ‘Emboldened by these developments, corporations began a rollback of worker gains.’
    • ‘We are not suggesting that the strike actions undertaken by organised labour over the past half-year implies a complete rollback of the economic liberalisation of the past twenty years.’
    • ‘The posturing calls in Congress for rollbacks in federal fuel taxes will die out, as will the ad hoc consumer protests.’
    • ‘There would be a rollback of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to pay for healthcare and other social programs.’
    • ‘The economic downturn has cast a pall over CEO compensation, but that doesn't mean that CEO pay cuts or rollbacks are in the offing.’
    • ‘This is being called a victory because there weren't rollbacks.’
    • ‘The administration is using its power and authority to accomplish the biggest rollback in employee rights in more than half a century.’
    • ‘The fee rollback will lead to a $7.5 billion widening of the state deficit over the next year and a half, according to Moody's.’
    • ‘Among the conservation rollbacks is an attack on the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, issued by President Clinton shortly before he left office.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the global public appears to be bracing itself for rollbacks.’
    • ‘The 1990s saw a rollback in government regulation at the same time as rapid growth in information technology.’
    • ‘With this rollback of government, corporate involvement in daily life began to increase dramatically, and brands reached into the public sphere as never before.’
    • ‘The construction unions were using their pension funds, which own 5 million shares of Kroger stock, to help fellow unionists draw a line in the sand against health-care rollbacks.’
    • ‘They have their own de facto border controls, laws, and an 80,000-strong army, and will be loath to permit any rollback of their autonomy.’
    • ‘It also implies a potential rollback of many aspects of economic liberalisation.’
    • ‘Even friends of labor such as the Social Democrat are backing cuts in unemployment benefits and rollbacks in worker protections.’
    • ‘These suggest that voters in core Europe may finally be willing to accept rollbacks in the cherished welfare state to get the region's stagnant economy rolling again.’
    • ‘The key provisions include limits on unemployment benefits and rollbacks of some regulations that make it difficult to fire workers.’
    • ‘The economy has created a wave of wealth that, despite the recent rollbacks of big stock market gains, has spilled over into a wider demographic.’
    • ‘With the 2005 budget process about to begin, the betting is that the LDP will look for compromise on the rollback of the 1999 tax breaks.’
    reduction, cut, decrease, retrenchment, trimming, salami slicing
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    1. 1.1 A reversion to a previous state or situation.
      ‘a rollback to conditions not seen since the open shop days of the 1930s’
      • ‘Another rollback began, however, in 1874, when the Republican state legislature abolished ward elections for the San Francisco school board, and insisted that all board members be elected at large.’
      • ‘The change is a major policy rollback by the administration and represents a sharp split with the country's governing council.’
      • ‘‘Emissions rollbacks are being handed out to industries like candy,’ says the former director of regulatory enforcement for the EPA.’
  • 2Computing
    The process of restoring a database or program to a previously defined state, typically to recover from an error.

    • ‘Modeling tables inside of your object means you also have to create a decent locking mechanism, complete with commits and rollbacks - something that most programmers are equipped to do.’
    • ‘You may be thinking this process is complicated, but using transactional rollbacks actually is rather easy.’


[WITH OBJECT]Computing
  • Restore (a database) to a previously defined state.