Definition of settlement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsetlmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsetlmənt//
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  1. 1[countable] an official agreement that ends an argument between two people or groups to negotiate a peace settlement The management and unions have reached a settlement over new working conditions. an out-of-court settlement (= money that is paid to somebody or an agreement that is made to stop somebody going to court)
  2. 2[uncountable] the action of reaching an agreement the settlement of a dispute
  3. 3[countable] (law) the conditions, or a document stating the conditions, on which money or property is given to somebody a divorce/marriage/property, etc. settlement See related entries: Separation, Legal documents
  4. 4[uncountable] the action of paying back money that you owe the settlement of a debt a cheque in settlement of a bill Settlement is made monthly by direct debit.
  5. 5[countable] a place where people have come to live and make their homes, especially where few or no people lived before signs of an Iron Age settlement a mining settlement See related entries: Immigration, Types of home
  6. 6[uncountable] the process of people making their homes in a place the settlement of the American West
  7. Extra examples Both parties hope to reach an amicable settlement. Lawyers are seeking an out-of-court settlement. Nurses refused to accept a pay settlement less than the rate of inflation. The Romans established a settlement on the south shore. The company had to pay multi-million-dollar settlements to victims. The union has negotiated a temporary settlement. They agreed to pay $8 million in settlement of the claim by Duqual. They have reached a settlement with the government. They made a financial settlement with the family in order to prevent a civil lawsuit. They signed away their legal rights for a large cash settlement. They won a settlement of $10.6 million. a $50 000 pretrial settlement offer a beneficiary under the settlement a cheque in settlement of the amount owing a lasting and comprehensive peace settlement a proposed $100-million global settlement of a class action suit early settlement patterns in South America full settlement of a debt negotiations for a final settlement agreement the earliest urban human settlement in the world the peaceful settlement of a long-standing dispute She had to pay over $5 000 in settlement of her debts. The house was put on the market as part of a divorce settlement. There are still hopes for a negotiated settlement. There have been efforts to broker a peace settlement with the militia groups.
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