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settlement  


      n  
1    the act or state of settling or being settled  
2    the establishment of a new region; colonization  
3    a place newly settled; colony  
4    a collection of dwellings forming a community, esp. on a frontier  
5    a community formed by members of a group, esp. of a religious sect  
6    a public building used to provide educational and general welfare facilities for persons living in deprived areas  
7    a subsidence of all or part of a structure  
8   
a    the payment of an outstanding account, invoice, charge, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
settlement day     
9    an adjustment or agreement reached in matters of finance, business, etc.  
10      (Law)  
a    a conveyance, usually to trustees, of property to be enjoyed by several persons in succession  
b    the deed or other instrument conveying such property  
c    the determination of a dispute, etc., by mutual agreement without resorting to legal proceedings  


informal settlement  
      n     (S. African)  
euphemistic   a squatter camp  
soldier settlement  
      n     (Austral)   the allocation of Crown land for farming to ex-servicemen  
  soldier settler      n  
viatical settlement  
      n   the purchase by a charity of a life assurance policy owned by a person with only a short time to live, to enable that person to use the proceeds during his or her lifetime  
   See also       death futures  
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