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Definition of Settlement


  1. The act of setting, or the state of being settled.
  2. Establishment in life, in business, condition, etc.; ordination or installation as pastor.
  3. 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. 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. Bestowal, or giving possession, under legal sanction; the act of giving or conferring anything in a formal and permanent manner.
  6. 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. That which settles, or is settled, established, or fixed.
  8. Matter that subsides; settlings; sediment; lees; dregs.
  9. A colony newly established; a place or region newly settled; as, settlement in the West.
  10. 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. 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. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
  13. 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.

Settlement Quotations

The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
Haile Selassie

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.
James Madison

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.
John Adams

In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity.
Lauren Bacall

Our efforts are not aimed at isolating Israel or de-legitimizing it; rather we want to gain legitimacy for the cause of the people of Palestine. We only aim to de-legitimize the settlement activities and the occupation and apartheid and the logic of ruthless force, and we believe that all the countries of the world stand with us in this regard.
Mahmoud Abbas
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Settlement Translations

settlement in Afrikaans is kolonie
settlement in Danish is akkord
settlement in Dutch is accoord, akkoord, overeenstemming
settlement in French is colonie
settlement in German is Siedlung, Vereinbarung {f}, Abmachung {f}
settlement in Italian is accordo
settlement in Portuguese is estabelecimento
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