Synonyms for SETTLEMENT: agreement, pact, convention, contract, deal, understanding, bargain, promise, covenant, treaty
settlement. / ( ˈsɛtəlmənt) /. noun. the act or state of settling or being settled. the establishment of a new region; colonization. a place newly settled; colony. a collection of dwellings forming a community, esp on a frontier. a community formed by members of a group, esp of a religious sect.
C2 [ C ] an arrangement to end a disagreement involving a law having been broken, without taking it to a law court, or an amount of money paid as part of such an arrangement: They reached an out-of-court settlement. The actor accepted a settlement of $100,000 from the magazine. More examples.
Settlement is a popular option for several reasons, but a large number of cases are settled simply because defendants want to avoid the high cost of litigation. Settlement may occur before or during the early stages of a trial. In fact, simple settlements regularly take place before a lawsuit is even filed.
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settlement n (welfare establishment) (ES) bienestar social loc nom m : She took night classes at the house operated by the settlement. Asistió a clases nocturnas en el edificio dirigido por bienestar social. settlement n (settling of a building) asentamiento nm : After the settlement, we will begin building the infrastructure.