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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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 possibility of global trade frictions unsettled markets Friday, with Asian and European stocks following their U.S. counterparts lower. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "China grumbles at Trump’s tariff move, but Europe takes aim at Harleys and bourbon," 2 Mar. 2018 Isaia Nkomo, 60, remains unsettled by the death of his brother, Simimba, 36 years ago. Bram Janssen And Andrew Meldrum, Fox News, "Zimbabwe's Matabeleland massacre haunts Monday's elections," 28 July 2018 But even within that ‘‘four pillars’’ framework, plenty remained unsettled. Mike Debonis, BostonGlobe.com, "Ryan promises compromise ‘dreamers’ immigration bill despite GOP’s split," 8 June 2018 Match-ups in several key congressional districts in California remained unsettled Tuesday night as Democrats nervously awaited word on whether their candidates would advance to the November election. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: A big surprise in the governor's race," 6 June 2018 The obvious reality is that Roe remains one of the most unsettled decisions in the history of the high court. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Abortion, Roe—and Trump," 2 July 2018 The performance—or maybe the performer—seemed a bit unsettled. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "A Master of the Virtuosic Miniature in New York," 24 Jan. 2019 The only other major European league race still unsettled is in Italy, where Juventus holds a slim one-point lead over Napoli with four games left. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "What to watch in international soccer this weekend," 27 Apr. 2018 How the shutdown so quickly shredded the personal safety net of employees at Unispec reflects the razor-thin profit margin and unsettled nature of business for government contracting firms and their employees. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unsettled

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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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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