expulsion or removal from a place or position occupied: The opposition called for the ouster of the cabinet minister.
  1. an ejection or eviction; dispossession.
  2. a wrongful exclusion from real property.

Origin of ouster

1525–35; < Anglo-French, noun use of infinitive See oust
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Historical Examples of ouster

  • Those who instituted the ouster proceedings were Republicans.

  • To this virtual "ouster" of their jurisdiction over the question the Lords very naturally objected.

    William the Third

    H. D. Traill

  • Subsequently, on a quo warranto being filed against him, judgment of ouster was obtained.

    Norfolk Annals

    Charles Mackie

British Dictionary definitions for ouster



property law the act of dispossessing of freehold property; eviction; ejection
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Word Origin and History for ouster

"ejection from property," 1530s, noun use of Anglo-French ouster (see oust). For other such usages, see waiver.

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