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.
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How to use unsettle in a sentence
I was now on a dark path, unsettled by a future filled with big data and small comprehension.An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience - Issue 94: Evolving | Grigori Guitchounts | December 30, 2020 | Nautilus
He said residents have been unsettled as some staff have been temporarily replaced and beds have been removed after those who used them tested positive.The Convention Center Coronavirus Outbreak Was Inevitable | Lisa Halverstadt | December 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The question flattered her, but it also unsettled her, as if she wasn’t wanted or didn’t belong.“We Don’t Even Know Who Is Dead or Alive”: Trapped Inside an Assisted Living Facility During the Pandemic | by Ava Kofman | November 30, 2020 | ProPublica
Gómez last year pushed forward reforms to affordable housing policies meant to encourage those developers to invest more in more low-income housing development and acknowledged Tuesday that the language unsettled her.Politics Report: Down Goes One Hot-Button Ballot Measure | Andrew Keatts | July 18, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
But this same Christmas story and message should be unsettling, even disturbing, to those of us who are well off.
This is entirely understandable—after all, it is unsettling that a physician could make such an obvious mistake.
And it was this vision of America, as unsettling as it was, that resonated and made his death meaningful.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman is, in the end, unsettling.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine | Tom Arnold-Forster | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet the eerie echoing of the earlier faux interview in another major media outlet was unsettling for jazz lovers.
The competition of organizations for good school children as leaders can become unsettling to the young.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
I cannot do otherwise without unsettling the very foundations of my own moral nature.Aids to Reflection | Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Such a chameleon-like cognomen is very unsettling to your idea of his identity, and can hardly prove reassuring to his own.The Soul of the Far East | Percival Lowell
Never will I run the risk of unsettling a man's whole character for life by wantonly interfering with his affections.Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I cannot do otherwise without unsettling the foundations of my own moral nature.The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII. | Various
British Dictionary definitions for unsettle
(usually tr) to change or become changed from a fixed or settled condition
(tr) to confuse or agitate (emotions, the mind, etc)
- unsettlement, noun
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