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
Also signed were measures (HB 7077 and HB 7079) that will release BP oil-spill settlement money to eight Northwest Florida counties most impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
That tactic was what led to the 1998 settlement with the tobacco industry.
The settlement covers purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016.
Mercer Island and Sound Transit have agreed to a tentative settlement that would end the city’s lawsuit against the agency over the loss of direct access to Interstate 90’s express lanes that island drivers have had access to for decades.
The government would prefer a quick settlement to the lumber dispute, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, calling U.S. accusations of unfair subsidies baseless.
Last week’s out-of-court settlement appears to be the final chapter in the legal battle that followed the landmark 2012 ruling in Willis’ favor.
An out-of-court settlement required the owners to put disclaimers on signs and stationery — and now on the company's website — saying the agency isn't affiliated with Donald Trump, the New York Daily News reported.
Meanwhile, the government continues to build in the settlements, opposed by most academics, professionals and the security establishment.
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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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