Definition of settlement
1 : the act or process of settling
2a : an act of bestowing or giving possession under legal sanctionb : the sum, estate, or income secured to one by such a settlement
4 : settlement house
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 of settlement from the Web
After several months of haggling with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville, which was acting as an intermediary, the agency and Morel reached a settlement in March.
That agreement, named the Flores settlement after the teenage girl who brought the original case, stipulated that a child in deportation proceedings be afforded a bond hearing before an immigration judge.
A lawsuit between Bahamian Village and the county, filed in July 2015, is still open but City Attorney Craig Leen said the parties are close to a settlement agreement.
Innominato dropped the lawsuit after reaching a settlement agreement with defendants for an undisclosed amount of money in 2014, according to court records.
High ranking public officials, including Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders, publicly voted in favor of the settlement following a closed session of the state finance council Friday afternoon.
Greek Cypriots say Washington will have an important role to play in implementing any settlement.
While the DuBose family has already received a $4.85 million settlement from the University of Cincinnati, the family remains intent on pursuing justice in court.
An attorney from Gary has been charged in Lake Superior Court with theft for allegedly keeping about $60,000 that was a workman's compensation settlement for a couple who are Gary police officers.
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First Known Use of settlement
SETTLEMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of settlement for English Language Learners
: 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
SETTLEMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of settlement for Students
1 : a formal agreement that ends an argument or dispute
2 : final payment (as of a bill)
3 : the act or fact of establishing colonies the settlement of New England
4 : a place or region newly settled
5 : a small village
Legal Definition of settlement
1 : the act or process of settling
2a : 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 settlements — J. 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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