from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove from a seat, especially from a saddle.
  • transitive v. To dislodge from a location or position, especially to remove from office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To throw from one's seat; to deprive of a seat.
  • v. Specifically, to deprive of the right to sit in a legislative body, as for fraud in election.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To throw from one's seat; to deprive of a seat.
  • transitive v. Specifically, to deprive of the right to sit in a legislative body, as for fraud in election.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove from a seat or base: as, to unseat a boiler; to unseat a valve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove from political office
  • v. dislodge from one's seat, as from a horse


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