[ uhn-set-ld ]
/ ʌnˈsɛt ld /


Origin of unsettled

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + settle1 + -ed2

SYNONYMS FOR unsettled

3 Unsettled, unstable, unsteady imply a lack of fixity, firmness, and dependability. That which is unsettled is not fixed or determined: unsettled weather; unsettled claims. That which is unstable is wavering, changeable; easily moved, shaken, or overthrown: unstable equilibrium; an unstable decision. That which is unsteady is infirm or shaky in position or movement: unsteady on one's feet; unsteady of purpose.
5 indeterminate, unsure.
7 vacillating, fickle, faltering, irresolute.


un·set·tled·ness, noun

Definition for unsettled (2 of 2)

[ uhn-set-l ]
/ ʌnˈsɛt l /

verb (used with object), un·set·tled, un·set·tling.

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.

verb (used without object), un·set·tled, un·set·tling.

to become unfixed or disordered.

Origin of unsettle

First recorded in 1535–45; un-2 + settle1
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British Dictionary definitions for unsettled (1 of 2)

/ (ʌnˈsɛtəld) /


lacking order or stabilityan unsettled era
unpredictable; uncertainan unsettled climate
constantly changing or moving from place to placean unsettled life
(of controversy, etc) not brought to an agreed conclusion
(of debts, law cases, etc) not disposed of
(of regions, etc) devoid of settlers

Derived forms of unsettled

unsettledness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for unsettled (2 of 2)

/ (ʌnˈsɛtəl) /


(usually tr) to change or become changed from a fixed or settled condition
(tr) to confuse or agitate (emotions, the mind, etc)

Derived forms of unsettle

unsettlement, noun
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