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settle +‎ -ment


  • IPA(key): /ˈset.l.mənt/
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  • Hyphenation: settle‧ment


settlement (countable and uncountable, plural settlements)

  1. The act of settling.
    settlement of debt
  2. The state of being settled.
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  3. A colony that is newly established; a place or region newly settled (even in past times).
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  4. A community of people living together, such as a hamlet, village, town, or city; a populated place.
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  5. (archaeology) A site where people used to live together in ancient times; an ancient simple kind of village.
  6. (architecture) The gradual sinking of a building. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
  7. (finance) The delivery of goods by the seller and payment for them by the buyer, under a previously agreed trade or transaction or contract entered into.
  8. (law) A disposition of property, or the act of granting it.
  9. (law) A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of legal residence.
  10. (law) A resolution of a dispute.
  11. (law) A mutual agreement to end a dispute without resorting to legal proceedings, also known as an out-of-court settlement or settling out of court.
    • 2021 April 11, A. Hutton, “Kyle Plush: $6million settlement for family of Ohio teen who was crushed to death in 2018”, in The Independent[1]:
      The family of a Ohio teenager who was crushed to death by the seat of a minivan after emergency responders failed to find him in time has been awarded a $6million settlement [] As part of the settlement, the city has pledged to improve its 911 call centre []
  12. (India, historical) An estate or district in Anglo-Indian Bengal where, instead of taking a quota of the year's produce, the government took a fixed sum several times a year from the local cultivators.



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