un·​set·​tling | \ ˌən-ˈset-liŋ, -ˈse-tᵊl-iŋ\

Definition of unsettling

: having the effect of upsetting, disturbing, or discomposing unsettling images of the war

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unsettlingly \ ˌən-​ˈset-​liŋ-​lē , -​ˈse-​tᵊl-​iŋ-​ \ adverb

Examples of unsettling in a Sentence

unsettling new developments in the effort to bring peace and stability to that region had the unsettling task of picking out a coffin and making the other funeral arrangements for his father

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At times, the scene here can seem disparate, caught between affected grunge and unsettling flash, complete with a campy cadre of overdressed socialites. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 Having him locked away in jail was gloomy and unsettling. Anchorage Daily News, "1 son, 6 hours, 4 overdoses: A family’s relentless cycle," 21 Jan. 2018 The effect is pleasantly unsettling but not calamitous. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "5 Pet Homes That Humans Will Envy," 26 Oct. 2018 Which is why the media—from cover stars to mastheads to creatives who concept and produce content—becomes a significant tool to bring these unsettling and pervasive inequities to the forefront. Marjon Carlos, Glamour, "September's Black Fashion Cover Stars Reveal More Than Just Style," 8 Aug. 2018 Of course, becoming aware of consciousness, either in a dream or reality, can be unsettling, too. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 But the swiftness of the immigration agency’s action was deeply unsettling for his wife, Sandra Chica, and their children and outraged Democratic lawmakers and officials. Liz Robbins, New York Times, "Judge Stops Deportation of a New York Pizza Delivery Man," 9 June 2018 The ever-changing conditions inside their subdivision is unsettling for Maddy. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "Kilauea's eruption is disrupting island life with no end in sight," 22 May 2018 Trump's tactics on trade have been more unsettling for the industry. Mathew Brown And Matt Volz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump trade policies cause deep ripples in agriculture country," 30 Apr. 2018

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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: making you upset, nervous, worried, etc.

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