[ set-awf, -of ]
/ ˈsɛtˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


something that counterbalances or makes up for something else, as compensation for a loss.
Accounting. a counterbalancing debt or claim, especially one that cancels an amount a debtor owes.
Also called offset. Architecture.
  1. a reduction in the thickness of a wall.
  2. a flat or sloping projection on a wall, buttress, or the like, below a thinner part.
something used to enhance the effect of another thing by contrasting it, as an ornament.
Printing. offset(def 7).

Origin of setoff

First recorded in 1615–25; noun use of verb phrase set off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019