- to alter from a settled state; cause to be no longer firmly fixed or established; render unstable; disturb: Violence unsettled the government.
- to shake or weaken (beliefs, feelings, etc.); cause doubt or uncertainty about: doubts unsettling his religious convictions.
- to vex or agitate the mind or emotions of; upset; discompose: The quarrel unsettled her.
- to become unfixed or disordered.
Origin of unsettle
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2. upset, disturb, unbalance, confuse, disconcert.
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Examples from the Web for unsettle
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I am unused to such as these, gentlemen,—they unsettle—they unman me.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Anything that could unsettle the public opinion in the capital was to be avoided.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
If you move about much you're likely to unsettle the clot and start it again.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters
Charles Henry Lerrigo
And, not knowing him so well as I did afterwards, I feared lest I should unsettle him.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
She will unsettle half the young Sisters, and turn the heads of half the others.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
- (usually tr) to change or become changed from a fixed or settled condition
- (tr) to confuse or agitate (emotions, the mind, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unsettle
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