AskDefine | Define unsettled

Dictionary Definition

unsettled adj
1 still in doubt; "an unsettled issue"; "an unsettled state of mind" [ant: settled]
2 not settled or established; "an unsettled lifestyle" [ant: settled]
3 subject to change; "a changeable climate"; "the weather is uncertain"; "unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other" [syn: changeable, uncertain]
4 lacking order or stability; "these unsettled times" [syn: disturbed]
5 not yet settled; "unsettled territory"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Disturbed, upset.
    I was unsettled by the sudden outburst, and since I didn't know what to do I just stood there, confused.
  2. Not in a steady condition, uncertain, subject to change.
  3. Not populated, having no settlers or other inhabitants.
  4. Unpaid.
    We need to settle this bill; even if you think the charge is too high we can't just leave it unsettled.

Derived terms


  1. past of unsettle

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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