Definition of rollback in US English:



  • 1North American A reduction or decrease.

    ‘a 5 percent rollback of personal income taxes’
    • ‘The key provisions include limits on unemployment benefits and rollbacks of some regulations that make it difficult to fire workers.’
    • ‘Even friends of labor such as the Social Democrat are backing cuts in unemployment benefits and rollbacks in worker protections.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the global public appears to be bracing itself for rollbacks.’
    • ‘It also implies a potential rollback of many aspects of economic liberalisation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There would be a rollback of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to pay for healthcare and other social programs.’
    • ‘With this rollback of government, corporate involvement in daily life began to increase dramatically, and brands reached into the public sphere as never before.’
    • ‘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 administration is using its power and authority to accomplish the biggest rollback in employee rights in more than half a century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The posturing calls in Congress for rollbacks in federal fuel taxes will die out, as will the ad hoc consumer protests.’
    • ‘Emboldened by these developments, corporations began a rollback of worker gains.’
    • ‘Among the conservation rollbacks is an attack on the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, issued by President Clinton shortly before he left office.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is being called a victory because there weren't rollbacks.’
    • ‘The 1990s saw a rollback in government regulation at the same time as rapid growth in information technology.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Computing
    The process of restoring a database or program to a previously defined state, typically to recover from an error.

    • ‘You may be thinking this process is complicated, but using transactional rollbacks actually is rather easy.’
    • ‘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.’


[with object]Computing
  • Restore (a database) to a previously defined state.