oust·​er | \ˈau̇-stər \

Definition of ouster 

1a : a wrongful dispossession

b : a judgment removing an officer or depriving a corporation of a franchise

2 : expulsion

Examples of ouster in a Sentence

The news reported the ouster of the dictator. the dictator's ouster by the rebels

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The company is currently being led by a group of executives after the ouster of its CEO in July. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Barnes & Noble Details Why Former CEO Demos Parneros Was Fired," 30 Oct. 2018 Marcie Edwards, who took over last year as interim executive director after Cedric Grant's ouster following the Aug. 5 flood, leaves her post on Tuesday. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "LaToya Cantrell says New Orleans is ready for hurricane season, asks citizens to plan ahead," 17 May 2018 Mueller’s investigation had been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until Sessions’ ouster. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal," 13 Nov. 2018 And Trump’s ouster of Jeff Sessions as attorney general confirms his desire to avoid being subject to the rule of law, and his willingness to exercise presidential power in order to save his own hide. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Trump has eroded important democratic institutions. Will Democratic wins change that?," 8 Nov. 2018 Conroy's firing would have been the first forced ouster in the history of the House. Fox News, "Ryan allows Rev. Patrick Conroy to keep job after House chaplain rescinds resignation," 2 Oct. 2018 Ulrich, MGM’s chairman, said in March that the ouster enabled a new generation of leadership and a replacement for Barber was being sought. Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg.com, "Ousted MGM CEO Leaves 007 Behind, Takes $260 Million Instead," 14 June 2018 What Pruitt’s ouster means for the future of an independent Jefferson County system, for the future of education and for the future of the controversial student assignment plan is unclear. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "With Kentucky's school chief out, Matt Bevin's board could bring down public education," 18 Apr. 2018 The company was rocked last year by accusations of gender discrimination and harassment in its workplace, as well as other issues, ultimately leading to the ouster of the chief executive at the time, Travis Kalanick. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of ouster

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ouster

Anglo-French, from oster, ouster to oust

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English Language Learners Definition of ouster

: the act of removing someone or something from a position of power or authority


oust·​er | \ˈau̇-stər \

Kids Definition of ouster

: the act or an instance of forcing out or of being forced out


oust·​er | \ˈau̇s-tər \

Legal Definition of ouster 

1 : wrongful dispossession especially of a cotenant

2 : a judgment removing a public officer or depriving a corporation of a public franchise

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