What does settlement mean?

Definitions for settlement
ˈsɛt l məntset·tle·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colony, settlementnoun

    a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government

    "the American colony in Paris"

  2. village, small town, settlementnoun

    a community of people smaller than a town

  3. settlementnoun

    a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

  4. colonization, colonisation, settlementnoun

    the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies

    "the British colonization of America"

  5. settlement, resolution, closurenoun

    something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

    "they finally reached a settlement with the union"; "they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"; "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure"

  6. settlementnoun

    an area where a group of families live together

  7. liquidation, settlementnoun

    termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities


  1. settlementnoun

    The state of being settled.

  2. settlementnoun

    A colony that is newly established; a place or region newly settled.

  3. settlementnoun

    A community of people living together, such as a hamlet, village, town, or city.

  4. settlementnoun

    The gradual sinking of a building. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.

  5. settlementnoun

    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.

  6. settlementnoun

    A disposition of property, or the act of granting it.

  7. settlementnoun

    A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of legal residence.

  8. settlementnoun

    A resolution of a dispute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Settlementnoun

    the act of setting, or the state of being settled

  2. Settlementnoun

    establishment in life, in business, condition, etc.; ordination or installation as pastor

  3. Settlementnoun

    the act of peopling, or state of being peopled; act of planting, as a colony; colonization; occupation by settlers; as, the settlement of a new country

  4. Settlementnoun

    the act or process of adjusting or determining; composure of doubts or differences; pacification; liquidation of accounts; arrangement; adjustment; as, settlement of a controversy, of accounts, etc

  5. Settlementnoun

    bestowal, or giving possession, under legal sanction; the act of giving or conferring anything in a formal and permanent manner

  6. Settlementnoun

    a disposition of property for the benefit of some person or persons, usually through the medium of trustees, and for the benefit of a wife, children, or other relatives; jointure granted to a wife, or the act of granting it

  7. Settlementnoun

    that which settles, or is settled, established, or fixed

  8. Settlementnoun

    matter that subsides; settlings; sediment; lees; dregs

  9. Settlementnoun

    a colony newly established; a place or region newly settled; as, settlement in the West

  10. Settlementnoun

    that which is bestowed formally and permanently; the sum secured to a person; especially, a jointure made to a woman at her marriage; also, in the United States, a sum of money or other property formerly granted to a pastor in additional to his salary

  11. Settlementnoun

    the gradual sinking of a building, whether by the yielding of the ground under the foundation, or by the compression of the joints or the material

  12. Settlementnoun

    fractures or dislocations caused by settlement

  13. Settlementnoun

    a settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of residence; legal residence or establishment of a person in a particular parish or town, which entitles him to maintenance if a pauper, and subjects the parish or town to his support


  1. Settlement

    In law, a settlement is a resolution between disputing parties about a legal case, reached either before or after court action begins. The term "settlement" also has other meanings in the context of law. Structured settlements provide for a periodic payment.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'settlement' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2692

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'settlement' in Written Corpus Frequency: #885

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'settlement' in Nouns Frequency: #790

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of settlement in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of settlement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of settlement in a Sentence

  1. Commerce Department:

    The ZTE settlement represents the toughest penalty and strictest compliance regime the department has ever imposed in such a case.

  2. Joe Sims:

    We are rational and are therefore more than happy to come to a reasonable settlement if the DOJ (Justice Department) is. If not we're just going to have to win in court.

  3. Valerie Sattler:

    It's been a long time coming and we're very glad they re-opened the case, it was almost 10 years after they had refused to talk about any kind of settlement. We're very happy they re-considered that.

  4. Margot Wallstrom:

    Israel has been extremely aggressive, they have continued with their settlement policies, they have continued demolitions, they have continued with their occupation policies which entail a humiliation of Palestinians, which makes the (peace) process difficult.

  5. Nicole Neily:

    Parents Defending Education is thrilled that Wellesley Public Schools has agreed to respect both the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights of its students going forward. This settlement sends a clear message that racially segregating students in public schools is wrong – and there will be consequences. We have spent decades teaching our kids that racial segregation was and will always be wrong. We will not tolerate a return to segregation in 2022.

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  • مستوطنة, مستعمرةArabic
  • assentamentCatalan, Valencian
  • osadaCzech
  • Regelung, Ansiedlung, Niederlassung, Vergleich, Erledigung, Siedlung, Kolonie, RegulierungGerman
  • οικισμός, μεταγραφή, καθίζηση, αποικισμός, συμφωνία, διευθέτηση, τακτοποίηση, διακανονισμός, εξόφληση, εκχώρηση, εκκαθάρισηGreek
  • loĝlokoEsperanto
  • asentamiento, poblado, acuerdoSpanish
  • solution, arrangement, agglomération, acte de propriété, colonie, règlementFrench
  • lonnaíochtIrish
  • התנחלותHebrew
  • településHungarian
  • insediamentoItalian
  • 解決, 前哨地, 定住, 入植, 決済, 植民地Japanese
  • ConlocationemLatin
  • penyelesaian, penempatanMalay
  • nederzettingDutch
  • osada, zasiedzenie, uregulowanie, ugoda, osiedle, porozumienie, osiadanie, rozliczenie, zapisanie, spłaceniePolish
  • povoação, liquidação, assentamentoPortuguese
  • колония, удовлетворение, урегулирование, решение, поселениеRussian
  • poravnavaSlovene
  • koloni, förlikningSwedish
  • తర్వాతTelugu
  • การตั้งถิ่นฐานThai
  • giải quyếtVietnamese

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    incapable of being atoned for
    • A. repugnant
    • B. motile
    • C. inexpiable
    • D. numinous

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