from The Century Dictionary.

  • Arranged or adjusted by agreement, payment, or otherwise: as, a settled account.
  • Fixed; established; steadfast; stable.
  • Permanently or deeply fixed; firmly seated; decided; resolved: as, a settled gloom; a settled conviction.
  • Quiet; orderly; steady: as, he now leads a settled life.
  • Sober; grave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Comfortable and at ease, especially after a period of change or unrest.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of settle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not changeable
  • adjective inhabited by colonists
  • adjective established or decided beyond dispute or doubt
  • adjective established in a desired position or place; not moving about


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