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 Dictionary entry overview: What does settled mean? 

SETTLED (adjective)
  The adjective SETTLED has 5 senses:

1. established or decided beyond dispute or doubt
2. established in a desired position or place; not moving about
3. inhabited by colonists
4. clearly defined
5. not changeable

  Familiarity information: SETTLED used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

SETTLED (adjective)

Sense 1settled [BACK TO TOP]


Established or decided beyond dispute or doubt

Context example:

with details of the wedding settled she could now sleep at night


accomplished; effected; established (settled securely and unconditionally)

appointed; decreed; ordained; prescribed (fixed or established especially by order or command)

determined; dictated; set (determined or decided upon as by an authority)

deterministic (an inevitable consequence of antecedent sufficient causes)

firm (not subject to revision or change)

preconcerted (previously arranged or agreed on)


unsettled (still in doubt)

Sense 2settled [BACK TO TOP]


Established in a desired position or place; not moving about

Context examples:

nomads...absorbed among the settled people / settled areas / I don't feel entirely settled here / the advent of settled civilization


relocated; resettled (settled in a new location)

nonnomadic (not nomadic or wandering)

located; placed; set; situated (situated in a particular spot or position)

built-up (peopled with settlers)

based (having a base of operations (often used as a combining form))


unsettled (not settled or established)

Sense 3settled [BACK TO TOP]


Inhabited by colonists


colonised; colonized; settled


inhabited (having inhabitants; lived in)

Sense 4settled [BACK TO TOP]


Clearly defined


formed; defined; settled

Context example:

I have no formed opinion about the chances of success


definite (precise; explicit and clearly defined)

Sense 5settled [BACK TO TOP]


Not changeable

Context example:

a period of settled weather


calm ((of weather) free from storm or wind)

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