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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unsettledness \ ˌən-​ˈse-​tᵊl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce unsettled (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 Deshaun Watson’s situation remains unsettled, and David Culley proves to be in over his head as a first-year head coach as the Texans post one of the worst regular seasons in modern NFL history. Brett Knight, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 However the dispute remains unsettled, Presley told the Journal Sentinel in June. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Nonetheless, the law of mandatory vaccination remains unsettled. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2021 The weather outlook across the region on Tuesday looks a bit unsettled with showers and storms moving through the area. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 5 July 2021 For Thursday, expect more unsettled weather with highs again in the upper 80s and a slight chance for afternoon thunderstorms. Mike Rose, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2021 Obviously, at this time of the year many of you are on vacation or are hoping to take some time off, and adding in several days of unsettled weather isn’t ideal. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 Zach Jarrett is earning notice at Triple-A Norfolk in an unsettled outfield situation there, and Ryan McKenna was great there between major league stints. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 15 July 2021 Research shows that as people constantly peer into what others are up to online, they are often led to feel unsettled about their own lives. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 29 June 2021

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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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“Unsettled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsettled. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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