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

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

    Aurelian William Ware
  • It means when you are through That you don't want your daddy to unseat you, as he used to do.

    Bib Ballads Ring W. Lardner
  • There was not a horse on the plantation, nor in the county which could unseat him.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • The horses tried every means to unseat their rider, but in vain.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy

    G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
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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