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.

Nearby words

  1. unsearchable,
  2. unseasonable,
  3. unseasonably,
  4. unseasonal,
  5. unseasoned,
  6. unseaworthy,
  7. unsecure,
  8. unsecured,
  9. unseduced,
  10. unseeded

Origin of unseat

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + seat

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verb (tr)

to throw or displace from a seat, saddle, etc
to depose from office or position
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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.

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