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When the parties to a court action, including a criminal or family law case, resolve their differences without going through a formal trial


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
settlement (noun)
1.
the act or process of - settling
2.
a) an act of bestowing or giving possession under legal sanction
b) the sum, estate, or income secured to one by such a settlement
3.
a) occupation by - settlers
b) a place or region newly - settled
c) a small village
4.
- settlement house
5.
an agreement composing differences
6.
payment or adjustment of an account
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
settlement (noun)
an arrangement about action to be taken
SYNONYMS:
accord, bargain, compact, contract, convention, covenant, deal, disposition, pact, settlement, understanding
RELATED WORDS:
charter, treaty; binder, pledge, promise; alliance, association, entente, entente cordiale, league, partnership; acceptance, approval, assent, concurrence, consent, OK ( okay)
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