Definition of oust in English:



[with object]
  • 1Drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place.

    ‘the reformists were ousted from power’
    • ‘Any powers which the Secretary of State might have had under the Act of 1971 were ousted by the Act of 1983.’
    • ‘One last push was required to oust him completely.’
    • ‘Opinion polls conclude he has the same popularity rating his predecessor enjoyed when he was ousted as leader for being allegedly unelectable.’
    • ‘This does not mean that we will start extra-legal actions to oust the Cabinet.’
    • ‘In 1969 he joined the family business, but in 1996 the group was subject to a hostile takeover and he was ousted from the board.’
    • ‘If the tenants were so ousted then the tenancy would have lasted for less than ten months.’
    • ‘And fifth, they can seek to oust legislators who oppose them.’
    • ‘She stated that they are ousted, and they are not recognized in the Longhouse although they may continue to live in the community.’
    • ‘How then do you move or deal with leaders who perhaps are more interested in ousting their opponents than promoting good governance and democracy on the continent with this initiative?’
    • ‘But he was only in position as treasurer for a few weeks before he was ousted.’
    • ‘He seems to have control over them, and until he is ousted or expelled, he continues to attract other demons back even though many may have been cast out.’
    • ‘The defendants want to oust the plaintiffs, destroy their homes and make the only issue left… how much money they are going to get for the properties that used to be theirs.’
    • ‘A committed safety-and-soundness advocate was ousted from his position as governor of the central bank.’
    • ‘You know he was nearly bankrupt after being ousted.’
    • ‘It was only by slow degrees that the native laws and customs were ousted by Anglo-Norman usages and the machinery of feudalism.’
    • ‘They contended, somewhat surprisingly, that this order ousted the automatic directions.’
    • ‘They want corrupt lawmakers to be ousted and duly punished under any circumstances.’
    • ‘Once more, the nephew and the business partner join forces to oust him and, after a bitter and bloody battle, they again triumph.’
    • ‘He is apparently viewed as a troublemaker and an intruder who should be ousted as soon as possible.’
    • ‘In 1957, his inner circle tried to oust him as party leader.’
    drive out, expel, force out, throw out, remove, remove from office, remove from power, eject, get rid of, depose, topple, unseat, overthrow, bring down, overturn, put out, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out, purge, evict, dispossess, dismiss, dislodge, displace, supplant, disinherit, show someone the door
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    1. 1.1Law Deprive of or exclude from possession of something.
    2. 1.2Law Take away (a court's jurisdiction) in a matter.
      • ‘Nevertheless, it was held that this clause did not oust jurisdiction and prevent the court from reviewing the decision on procedural grounds.’
      • ‘If a dangerous dog is to go about the country, and if the fact of its being sent out of the jurisdiction of one particular court is to oust the jurisdiction of that court, the object of the Act would be defeated.’
      • ‘First, section 34 of the Act provides that an agreement cannot oust the jurisdiction of the court to hear an application for financial relief.’
      • ‘Such an agreement purports to oust the jurisdiction of the Court and is void as being contrary to public policy.’
      • ‘It is also argued that the Agreement ousts the jurisdiction of the court.’


Late Middle English (as a legal term): from Anglo-Norman French ouster ‘take away’, from Latin obstare ‘oppose, hinder’.