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[uhn-seet] /ʌnˈsit/
verb (used with object)
to dislodge from a seat, especially to throw from a saddle, as a rider; unhorse.
to remove from political office by an elective process, by force, or by legal action:
The corrupt mayor was finally unseated.
Origin of unseat
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-2 + seat Unabridged
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  • Had not my peculiar habits of isolation, irregular and intense study, erratic living, all conspired to unseat reason?

  • Shall the word of such a one as Macer the Christian, unseat my trust in such a one as Fronto?

    Aurelian William Ware
  • He was denounced for his impiety by the Count de Montalembert in the Chamber of peers, and an endeavor was made to unseat him.

  • Like a good pose in the saddle, nothing could ever unseat the equanimity of Elizabeth.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The usurers have been firmly in the saddle for many years, and have defeated every effort that has been made to unseat them.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
British Dictionary definitions for unseat


verb (transitive)
to throw or displace from a seat, saddle, etc
to depose from office or position
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unseat

1590s, "to throw down from a seat" (especially on horseback), from un- (2) + seat (v.). Meaning "to deprive of rank or office" is attested from 1610s; especially of elected office in a representative body from 1834. Related: Unseated; unseating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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