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settlement

noun set·tle·ment \ˈse-təl-mənt\

: a formal agreement or decision that ends an argument or dispute; also : an amount of money that someone receives as part of such an agreement

: the act or process of settling an argument or disagreement

: the act of paying back money that is owed

Full Definition of SETTLEMENT

1
:  the act or process of settling
2
a :  an act of bestowing or giving possession under legal sanction
b :  the sum, estate, or income secured to one by such a settlement
3
a :  occupation by settlers
b :  a place or region newly settled
c :  a small village
5
:  an agreement composing differences
6
:  payment or adjustment of an account

Examples of SETTLEMENT

  1. I got the house in the divorce settlement.
  2. The parties have not been able to reach a settlement in the case.
  3. We were hoping for a quick settlement of the dispute between the neighbors.
  4. English settlements in North America.
  5. This was the island's first colonial settlement.
  6. They came upon the ruins of an ancient settlement.

First Known Use of SETTLEMENT

1648
May 22, 2015
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favoritism based on kinship
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