unsettle (v.) 1590s, "undo from a fixed position, from UN- (Cf. un-) (2) + SETTLE (Cf. settle) (v.). Of the mind, feelings, etc., attested from 1640s. Unsettled "not peaceful, not firmly established" is recorded from 1590s. Meaning "not occupied by settlers" is attested from 1724. Related: Unsettled; unsettling.

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