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
Recent Examples on the Web Sony's statement that PS5 production goals have not changed also cuts against previous Bloomberg reports on Sony's purportedly unsettled PS5-making plans. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony pushes back on reports that it’s reducing PS5’s launch availability," 16 Sep. 2020 Still unsettled is the fate of the city’s development of creek-side greenway trails and linear parks, also funded by the current sales tax. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Debate over future of aquifer protection nears a close as San Antonio City Council eyes proposal to continue program with city money," 10 Sep. 2020 Notre Dame's unsettled running back situation should create plenty of early opportunities for Tyree, the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back and No. 70 overall prospect in his class according to the 247Sports Composite. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Forecasting freshman stars particularly tough this season," 7 Sep. 2020 The extraordinary legal battle has raised unsettled questions about the power of the courts to check the executive branch. Washington Post, "Michael Flynn case does not have to be immediately dismissed, appeals court rules," 31 Aug. 2020 Protesters demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman killed by police in her Louisville apartment in March, have provided steady reminders of the unsettled world outside the track. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "At a Kentucky Derby like no other, heavy favorite Tiz the Law will try to pass his next Triple Crown test," 4 Sep. 2020 Forecasters expect the pattern will remain unsettled through at least that time. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "Tornado warning in effect for portions of Central Arkansas," 1 Sep. 2020 There’s still a lot of unsettled science about how to do it well. Kyle Bibby, The Conversation, "COVID-19 clues in a community’s sewage: 4 questions answered about watching wastewater for coronavirus," 31 Aug. 2020 Given his draft status, youth and the 49ers’ unsettled wide receiver corps, Pettis probably will secure a roster spot with more consistency. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "‘The final straw’: 49ers’ Dante Pettis says he found himself after lost season," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Unsettled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsettled. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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