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unsettled

[uhn-set-ld] /ʌnˈsɛt ld/
adjective
1.
not settled; not fixed or stable; without established order; unorganized; disorganized:
an unsettled social order; still unsettled in their new home.
2.
continuously moving or changing; not situated in one place:
an unsettled life.
3.
wavering or uncertain, as in opinions or behavior; unstable; erratic:
an unsettled state of mind.
4.
not populated or settled, as a region:
an unsettled wilderness.
5.
undetermined, as a point at issue; undecided; doubtful:
After many years the matter was still unsettled.
6.
not adjusted, closed, or disposed of, as an account, estate, or law case.
7.
liable to change; inconstant; variable:
unsettled weather.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; un-1 + settle1 + -ed2
Related forms
unsettledness, noun
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1, 3. stable.

unsettle

[uhn-set-l] /ʌnˈsɛt l/
verb (used with object), unsettled, unsettling.
1.
to alter from a settled state; cause to be no longer firmly fixed or established; render unstable; disturb:
Violence unsettled the government.
2.
to shake or weaken (beliefs, feelings, etc.); cause doubt or uncertainty about:
doubts unsettling his religious convictions.
3.
to vex or agitate the mind or emotions of; upset; discompose:
The quarrel unsettled her.
verb (used without object), unsettled, unsettling.
4.
to become unfixed or disordered.
Origin
1535-45; un-2 + settle1
Synonyms
2. upset, disturb, unbalance, confuse, disconcert.
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British Dictionary definitions for unsettled

unsettled

/ʌnˈsɛtəld/
adjective
1.
lacking order or stability: an unsettled era
2.
unpredictable; uncertain: an unsettled climate
3.
constantly changing or moving from place to place: an unsettled life
4.
(of controversy, etc) not brought to an agreed conclusion
5.
(of debts, law cases, etc) not disposed of
6.
(of regions, etc) devoid of settlers
Derived Forms
unsettledness, noun

unsettle

/ʌnˈsɛtəl/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) to change or become changed from a fixed or settled condition
2.
(transitive) to confuse or agitate (emotions, the mind, etc)
Derived Forms
unsettlement, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsettled

unsettle

v.

1590s, "undo from a fixed position, from un- (2) + settle (v.). Of the mind, feelings, etc., attested from 1640s. Unsettled "not peaceful, not firmly established" is recorded from 1590s. Meaning "not occupied by settlers" is attested from 1724. Related: Unsettled; unsettling.

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