Definition of settlement in English:

settlement

Line breaks: settle|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛt(ə)lm(ə)nt
 
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noun

1An official agreement intended to resolve a dispute or conflict: unions succeeded in reaching a pay settlement [mass noun]: the settlement of the boundary disputes
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  • The peaceful settlement of this dispute has allowed for renewed co-operation.
  • It is the same form of acknowledgment seen in the settlements that the National Government was involved in.
  • Chapter 6 deals with the peaceful settlement of disputes, in which all sides seek a solution.
Synonyms
1.1A formal arrangement made between the parties to a lawsuit in order to resolve it, especially out of court: the award was made as an out-of-court settlement by the driver’s insurance firm
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  • During the trial, the court once suggested the parties reach a friendly settlement, which the plaintiffs accepted in order to relieve the aging women, but the government rejected it.
  • A district court judge has rejected Microsoft's proposed settlement in the private law suits brought against the company.
  • It is a matter for the parties and their legal advisers whether or not to start proceedings at all and, if so, whether to seek to reach a settlement before formal proceedings begin.
Synonyms
resolution, sorting out, settling, solution, solving, bringing to an end, working out, smoothing over, reconciliation; successful arbitration/mediation/brokering
informal patching up
archaic composition
2A place, typically one which has previously been uninhabited, where people establish a community: one of the oldest Viking settlements in western Europe
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  • Many settlements turned into ghost towns, as the land could no longer sustain life.
  • It will be touring the province's reserves, settlements and native communities.
  • Attempts by Spanish and French colonists to establish settlements were unsuccessful.
Synonyms
community, colony, outpost, encampment; trading post, post; village, hamlet; kibbutz, commune; American Indianpueblo, rancheria; South Africanwerf; New Zealandkainga; Archaeologyterramare
historical plantation
2.1 [mass noun] The process of establishing a settlement or settlements: a continent where settlement is at the mercy of geography
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  • A process of settlement and resettlement along the Niger continued into the nineteenth century.
  • The story of the railways of Shanghai goes back to the early days of Western settlement in the city after it was forced open by the unequal treaties imposed by the Western imperialists.
  • She presents a wide variety of descriptive material concerning Aboriginal life, dating from the earliest years of European settlement.
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2.2 [mass noun] The action of allowing or helping people to establish settlements: the settlement of immigrants in the occupied territories
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  • The 1976 Immigration Act made family reunification and refugee settlement two of Canada's fundamental objectives.
3 Law An arrangement whereby property passes to a succession of people as dictated by the settlor: inheritance tax could be due if you make a substantial gift or settlement and then die within the following seven years
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  • Once the church courts had agreed that the marriage should end, only a private Act of Parliament could give effect to property settlements and issues of succession.
  • These settlements are settlements of property made in the course of marriage, and they deal with the interests of the children of the marriage.
  • Up until now we've had to go to court, even if it's just with consent orders, to finalise property settlements.
3.1The property given under a settlement.
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  • The compensator deducts from the settlement an amount equal to the benefits that have been paid.
  • She apparently went on a spending spree with her portion of the property settlement and bought $7,000 worth of furniture.
  • Once the monetary settlement is received, property owners can begin the process of reconstruction.
3.2 short for marriage settlement.
4 [mass noun] The action or process of settling an account: [as modifier]: most suppliers will offer early settlement discounts
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  • Otherwise, they won't make so much money out of me in spite of early settlement penalties.
  • On the other hand, the losses on contracts that require settlement in cash are accounted for as a charge in the income statement.
  • What's more, free life insurance is included, plus there are no other charges or early settlement penalties.
Synonyms
payment, discharge, defrayal, liquidation, settling, settling up, clearance, clearing, satisfaction
archaic reckoning
5 [mass noun] Subsidence of the ground or a structure built on it: a boundary wall, which has cracked due to settlement, is to be replaced
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  • The structures in this area all appear to be founded on bedrock and there is no evidence of subsidence or settlement.
  • The department will continuously monitor the ground settlement of all buildings in Tin Fu Court and repair damage immediately, Tam said.
  • He said sewer pipes were altered in the 1980s, as part of a major Kendal scheme, and settlement in the ground had probably caused the old and new sections of tubing to collapse.

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