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Dictionary definition for: Settlement

1. (n) a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state''s system of government

2. (n) a community of people smaller than a town

3. (n) a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

4. (n) the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies; "the British colonization of America"

5. (n) something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making; "the finally reached a settlement with the union" "they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences" "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure"

6. (n) an area where a group of families live together

7. (n) termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities

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