settlement

noun

set·​tle·​ment ˈse-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce settlement (audio)
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
4
5
: an agreement composing differences
6
: payment or adjustment of an account

Examples of settlement in a Sentence

I got the house in the divorce settlement. The parties have not been able to reach a settlement in the case. We were hoping for a quick settlement of the dispute between the neighbors. English settlements in North America. This was the island's first colonial settlement. They came upon the ruins of an ancient settlement.
Recent Examples on the Web When Judge Steve Harvey was renewed for season 2 in 2022, the casting website detailed that litigants who appear would be paid $1,000, and production would pay up to $10,000 for settlements. Erica Marrison, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024 The cases could be resolved via settlement that results in Florida State leaving the ACC for another power conference. Michael McCann, Sportico.com, 17 July 2024 In December 2021, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee reached a settlement with the gymnasts who had been abused by Nassar. Christine Yu, SELF, 17 July 2024 The federal agency concluded March 18 that UMBC failed to protect the victims of harassment and discrimination by Chad Cradock, who was placed on leave in October 2020 and died by suicide in March 2021, and the university agreed to earmark $4.14 million for settlements for those impacted. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 16 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for settlement 

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of settlement was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Settlement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/settlement. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

settlement

noun
set·​tle·​ment ˈset-ᵊl-mənt How to pronounce settlement (audio)
1
: the act of settling : the condition of being settled
2
: final payment (as of a bill)
3
a
: a place or region newly settled
b
: a small village
4

Legal Definition

settlement

noun
set·​tle·​ment
1
: the act or process of settling
2
a
: an agreement reducing or resolving differences
especially : an agreement between litigants that concludes the litigation
the states finally agreed upon a settlement and a consent decree W. J. Brennan, Jr.
entered into a property settlement prior to the divorce
b
: a formal and permanent grant or conveyance
c
: the sum, estate, or income granted or paid under a settlement
if the monetary limits of a defendant's insurance policy can be discovered in order to obtain reasonable settlementsJ. H. Friedenthal et al.
3
: closing
settlement costs
4
: the transfer of funds between a payor bank and a collecting bank in order to complete transactions for customers

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