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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SETTLEMENTS

Settlements have been established on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Dear, dear Sir, what are settlements to one who has as much of her own as she wishes for?

In general such cures are of the nature of our "settlements" of strikes.

And such is life-love on the lawn and settlements in the parlour.

More lawsuits about marriage and settlements, &c., than I like to think of.

I dare to say there are even stranger sights to be seen in the settlements!

A conjurer must have his time, like a straggling priest in the settlements.

Hence it is, that settlements are to make up for acknowledged want of merit!

Between the outer and the inner dam of the Yellow River are a number of settlements.

The settlements were regarded as outposts of European ideas.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "act of fixing or steadying;" from settle (v.) + -ment. Meaning "a colony," especially a new one, "tract of country newly developed" is attested from 1690s; that of "small village on the frontier" is from 1827, American English. Sense of "payment of an account" is from 1729; legal sense "a settling of arrangements" (of divorce, property transfer, etc.) is from 1670s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.