Definition of sequestration
2a : a legal writ authorizing a sheriff or commissioner to take into custody the property of a defendant who is in contempt until the orders of a court are complied withb : a deposit whereby a neutral depositary agrees to hold property in litigation and to restore it to the party to whom it is adjudged to belong
3 : the practice of imposing automatic government spending reductions by withholding appropriations by a fixed percentage that applies uniformly to all government programs except those exempted
4 : the process of sequestering something or the result of being sequestered While the idea is a shift from traditional thinking on dealing with the greenhouse effect, carbon sequestration has been going on in nature for millennia in oceans and vegetation. — Tom Rickey
Examples of sequestration in a Sentence
the sequestration of a jury
During their sequestration, jurors were not allowed to speak to reporters.
Recent Examples of sequestration from the Web
Supports carbon sequestration as a way to pull greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.
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SEQUESTRATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sequestration for English Language Learners
: the act of keeping a person or group apart from other people or the state of being kept apart from other people
law : the act of taking someone's property until a debt has been paid
Legal Definition of sequestration
1 : the act of sequestering : the state of being sequestered
2a : a writ authorizing an official (as a sheriff) to take into custody the property of a defendant usually to enforce a court order, to exercise quasi in rem jurisdiction, or to preserve the property until judgment is rendered b in the civil law of Louisiana : a deposit in which a neutral person agrees to hold property in dispute and to restore it to the party to whom it is determined to belong
3 : the cancellation of funds for expenditure or obligation in order to enforce federal budget limitations set by law
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