un·​set·​tled | \ ˌən-ˈse-tᵊld How to pronounce unsettled (audio) \

Definition of unsettled

: not settled: such as
a(1) : not calm or tranquil : disturbed unsettled political conditions
(2) : likely to vary widely especially in the near future : variable unsettled weather
(3) : not settled down unsettled dust
b(1) : not decided or determined : doubtful an unsettled state of mind
(2) : not resolved or worked out : undecided an unsettled question
c : characterized by irregularity an unsettled life
d : not inhabited or populated unsettled land
e : mentally unbalanced
f(1) : not disposed of according to law an unsettled estate
(2) : not paid or discharged unsettled debts

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Other Words from unsettled

unsettledness \ ˌən-​ˈse-​tᵊl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce unsettledness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unsettled in a Sentence

We have some unsettled business to attend to. we've been having a lot of unsettled weather lately
Recent Examples on the Web Michigan's backcourt remains unsettled, and Brown seems more equipped to play the three- or four-position rather than the two. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Chaundee Brown transfer magnifies Michigan basketball's complicated roster situation," 19 May 2020 As of today, the spot remains unsettled, with Trey Pipkins and Sam Tevi the leading candidates to replace Okung. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "With draft over, Chargers must tackle left side of offensive line," 27 Apr. 2020 The Browns are still unsettled at right guard and need some developmental players in the pipeline. cleveland, "The Browns’ perfect 2020 NFL Draft: trade for Trent Williams and draft Isaiah Simmons in first round," 23 Apr. 2020 The world is a strange place these days: unsettled, scary, downright weird. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, "Our family — like all families — is disrupted. But Mom takes it all in stride.," 24 Mar. 2020 Frederick Jackson Turner famously called the closing of the frontier a turning point in American history, one that limited the dynamism that had characterized the still-unsettled country. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "Ross Douthat Foresees the Same Old ‘Same Old Same-Old’," 28 Feb. 2020 This is not trivial politeness on her part, but an effort to get at an idea by sharing it, even while, or precisely because, the letter’s conversational form keeps Bishop’s thinking unsettled, mobile, incomplete. Langdon Hammer, The New York Review of Books, "Letters: Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Art Form or Something’," 25 Feb. 2020 When Ruby comes back to town, Cole's role in the family dynamic is as unsettled as his role in the drug trade. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Evening Hour': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 28 Jan. 2020 Then again, what exactly the extent of the pandemic entails is still an unsettled question. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "How to Survive Pandemic Reentry," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unsettled

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsettled was circa 1586

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24 May 2020

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“Unsettled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsettled. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsettled

: feeling nervous, upset, or worried : not comfortable
: not lived in by people : not inhabited or populated
: not yet finally decided or dealt with


un·​set·​tled | \ ˌən-ˈse-tᵊld How to pronounce unsettled (audio) \

Kids Definition of unsettled

1 : not staying the same unsettled weather
2 : feeling nervous, upset, or worried
3 : not finished or determined unsettled business an unsettled question
4 : not paid an unsettled account
5 : not lived in by settlers unsettled territory

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