unsettled

adjective

un·​set·​tled ˌən-ˈse-tᵊld How to pronounce unsettled (audio)
: 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
: not mentally sound
f(1)
: not disposed of according to law
an unsettled estate
(2)
: not paid or discharged
unsettled debts
unsettledness 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 Similarly, unsettled weather was forecast for Flagstaff, where storm chances are expected to rise to 70% by Sunday with temperatures in the mid-80s, and Tucson, with high storm probabilities through the weekend and temperatures around 103 to 105. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2024 The ruling does not apply to all cases in which biometrics are used to unlock an electronic device but is a significant decision in an unsettled area of the law. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 18 Apr. 2024 The video released Monday and obtained by local ABC affiliate WPLG shows an unsettled Clenney frantically asking officers who responded to the scene if Obumseli is OK. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 2 Apr. 2024 Unfortunately, the red sky which added to the sunrise spectacle portends unsettled weather. Enquirer Staff, The Enquirer, 12 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for unsettled 

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Word History

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsettled was in 1550

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“Unsettled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsettled. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

unsettled

adjective
un·​set·​tled ˌən-ˈset-ᵊld How to pronounce unsettled (audio)
ˈən-
1
: not settled : not fixed (as in position or nature)
unsettled weather
2
: not calm : disturbed
unsettled waters
3
: not decided in mind : undetermined
unsettled about what to do
4
: not paid
an unsettled account
5
: not lived in by settlers
an unsettled region

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