unsettled

adjective un·set·tled \ ˌən-ˈse-tᵊld \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

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

unsettledness

play \ˌən-ˈse-tᵊl(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of unsettled in a Sentence

  1. We have some unsettled business to attend to.

  2. we've been having a lot of unsettled weather lately

Recent Examples of unsettled from the Web

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First Known Use of unsettled

circa 1586


UNSETTLED Defined for English Language Learners

unsettled

adjective

Definition of unsettled for English Language Learners

  • : feeling nervous, upset, or worried : not comfortable

  • : not lived in by people : not inhabited or populated

  • : not yet finally decided or dealt with


UNSETTLED Defined for Kids

unsettled

adjective un·set·tled \ ˌən-ˈse-tᵊld \

Definition of unsettled for Students

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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