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

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The gift clause argument moving forward means the Omni deal's legality is unsettled. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Judge: Arizona attorney general's lawsuit against ASU hotel deal can proceed, for now," 2 July 2019 Schools across California have been clawing their way back from cutbacks made during the last recession, and the fiscal plan pays off $687 million in unsettled education debts, some dating back a decade. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go," 27 June 2019 Temperatures will remain cool and unsettled through the weekend, the NWS said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Slight chance of tornadoes, golf ball-sized hail and severe thunderstorms," 21 June 2019 Watford rebuffed Everton's advances but Silva was unsettled and a run of bad form resulted in him leaving Vicarage Road in January. SI.com, "Sam Allardyce Set for Everton Exit This Week as Toffees Renew Pursuit of Marco Silva," 15 May 2018 Cool and unsettled weather patterns are expected to continue, forecasters said, with some urban and small stream flooding on Tuesday, and a drier Wednesday expected. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Heavy rain, small hail in higher terrain expected," 18 June 2019 But good journalism has traditionally helped society find balance in unsettled times by giving voice to all sides of the debate, by helping people talk through their differences and seek compromise. Christopher M. Finan, WSJ, "A Shameful Season for American Journalism," 24 Sep. 2018 The biggest question remained unsettled early Wednesday morning: Would Democrats be able to avert an electoral shutout in key House races in California, where the state's open primary system could lead to GOP-only general election races in the fall. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Tuesday's primary elections: Three key takeaways," 6 June 2018 Unseasonably warm air and unsettled conditions are expected the next several days. Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati breaks new record for warmest February day," 20 Feb. 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 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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