un·​set·​tled ˌən-ˈse-tᵊld How to pronounce unsettled (audio)
: not settled: such as
: not calm or tranquil : disturbed
unsettled political conditions
: likely to vary widely especially in the near future : variable
unsettled weather
: not settled down
unsettled dust
: not decided or determined : doubtful
an unsettled state of mind
: not resolved or worked out : undecided
an unsettled question
: characterized by irregularity
an unsettled life
: not inhabited or populated
unsettled land
: mentally unbalanced
: not disposed of according to law
an unsettled estate
: not paid or discharged
unsettled debts
unsettledness noun

Example Sentences

We have some unsettled business to attend to. we've been having a lot of unsettled weather lately
Recent Examples on the Web The question of who loses control, and why, remains unsettled. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 Several Senate seats and control of the House remains unsettled. Gary Langer, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2022 Tennessee also has Woods available, but it’s an unsettled situation with no easy answers. The Indianapolis Star, 2 Oct. 2022 The Steelers have issues, from the health of Najee Harris to the unsettled quarterback situation to offensive line problems. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 Off an unsettled situation, Kazanas beat the Gladiators to the ball and promptly found Casto, who quickly fired the shot inside the far post 7 minutes, 34 seconds into overtime, before being swarmed by teammates. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 22 Sep. 2022 Still, Alabama had an unsettled quarterback situation, so it was expected No. 20 USC would give the Crimson Tide a game. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2022 Both Poole and Andrew Wiggins insisted on media day their unsettled contract situations were not the top thing on their mind going into the preseason. Janie Mccauley, ajc, 6 Oct. 2022 This latest phase of the pandemic has introduced even more uncertainty into life and work, leaving many people feeling deeply unsettled, counselors and career coaches say. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsettled was circa 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Unsettled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsettled. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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

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