Etymology
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settled (adj.)

1550s, of mental states, "quiet, orderly, steady;" by 1640s of objects firmly fixed or established;" past-participle adjective from settle (v.). The meaning in reference to matters in dispute, etc., "determined, decided, or agreed upon" is by 1570s; hence settled matter (by 1790), etc., implying no room for doubt or question. Related: Settledness (for which see settlement).

updated on June 30, 2022

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