un·​set·​tled | \ˌən-ˈse-tᵊld \

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 \ 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

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The yet-unsettled conflict rattled many parents last month when CMS said if the bill passes, the district might reassign hundreds of south suburban students. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "'CMS vs. suburbs': Town charter school movement spreads north of Charlotte | Charlotte Observer," 7 May 2018 The club's first offer was rejected outright and that decision is claimed to have left Martins furious with Sporting, prompting Arsenal to launch a second offer for the unsettled forward. SI.com, "Reports in Portugal Claim Arsenal Have Lodged Second Bid for Wantaway Sporting Winger," 11 June 2018 Pruitt himself has gone on television telling the demonstrable lie that the science on climate change is unsettled. Basav Sen, Fortune, "Commentary: Scott Pruitt Should Be Impeached for Gutting the EPA, Not His First-Class Flights," 3 May 2018 But many details of the proposal remained unsettled — most notably, how to pay for it. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Groups call on Mayor Pugh to support public financing of Baltimore elections," 6 July 2018 The combination of feeling pretty unsettled and humbled by the election and finding that audio was really powerful. Recode Staff, Recode, "The New York Times’ The Daily podcast host Michael Barbaro talks with Kara Swisher," 29 June 2018 Thus, some investors may simply be positioning for an unsettled global economy by moving out of the more volatile tech sector and into bonds or safer equities. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Tech Stocks Are Tanking," 25 June 2018 Carpenters’ Hall, a small, elegant Georgian building on Chestnut Street between Third and Fourth Streets, had just opened in 1774 when representatives from the increasingly unsettled colonies convened there for the First Continental Congress. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "New David McCullough history prize aims to remind America it all started here at Carpenters' Hall," 20 June 2018 Training camp will reveal more, but for now, Simon’s unsettled status remains one of the more intriguing aspects to watch on this new-look defense. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: More throws from Andrew Luck, does John Simon have a home?," 13 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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