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n. 1) the wrongful dispossession (putting out) of a rightful owner or tenant of real property, forcing the party pushed out of the premises to bring a lawsuit to regain possession. This often arises between partners (in a restaurant or store) or room-mates, when one co-owner or co-tenant forces out the other, changes locks, or makes occupancy intolerable. 2) removal of someone from a position or office against his/her expectations or will.
ousterthe act of dispossessing of freehold property; eviction; ejection. OCCUPATION ORDERS are sometimes known as ouster orders or ouster injunctions.
OUSTER, torts. An ouster is the actual turning out, or keeping excluded, the
party entitled to possession of any real property corporeal.
2. An ouster can properly be only from real property corporeal, and cannot be committed of anything movable; 1 Car. & P. 123; S. C. 11 Eng. Com. Law R. 339; 2 Bouv. 1 Inst. n. 2348; 1 Chit. Pr. 148, note r; nor is a mere temporary trespass considered as an ouster. Any continuing act of exclusion from the enjoyment, constitutes an ouster, even by one tenant in common of his co-tenant. Co. Litt. 199 b, 200 a. Vide 3 Bl; Com. 167; Arch. Civ. Pl. 6, 14; 1 Chit. Pr. 374, where the remedies for an ouster are pointed out. Vide Judgment of Respondent Ouster.