presettlement

adjective pre·set·tle·ment \ ˌprē-ˈse-tᵊl-mənt \
variants: or pre-settlement

Definition of presettlement

1 : existing or occurring before occupation by settlers
  • the presettlement wildlife population
  • historical descriptions of presettlement forests
  • In presettlement times, heavily vegetated surroundings contributed small amounts of sediment and nutrients to these wetlands.
  • —Jon A. Kusler et al.
  • … a reasonable midpoint between the extremes of doing nothing and trying to return the bay to its presettlement condition.
  • —Deborah S. Knopman and Megan M. Susman
2 law : existing or occurring before a settlement (see settlement 2a) is reached
  • a presettlement hearing/conference
  • She estimated that about 25 percent of presettlement loans result in a loss to the lender because the settlement did not come through.
  • —Ken Belson

First Known Use of presettlement

1901

in the meaning defined above

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