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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
1590-1600; un-2 + seat Unabridged
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  • If you think you know one bigger in any species listed, you can nominate it, and perhaps unseat the reigning champ.
  • Fans cheered as the owl refused to budge, and officials conferred on how to unseat the winged predator.
  • The government was preparing a rushed new law, in an effort to unseat him, when he quit.
  • The government was preparing a rapid change in the law, in an effort to unseat him, when he resigned.
  • And without pushing to unseat all of them in the next round of primaries.
  • While he was out of the city, plotters attempted to unseat the royal family in a coup.
  • His tireless and courageous efforts to unseat the bomb were successful and the airplane and crew were able to land safely.
British Dictionary definitions for unseat


verb (transitive)
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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