se·​ques·​tra·​tion | \ ˌsē-kwə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce sequestration (audio) , ˌse-; (ˌ)sē-ˌkwe-\

Definition of sequestration

1 : the act of sequestering : the state of being sequestered a jury in 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 with
b : 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

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Examples of sequestration in a Sentence

the sequestration of a jury During their sequestration, jurors were not allowed to speak to reporters.

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Though research into more cost-effective technology for carbon capture and sequestration or solar power is helpful and necessary, a carbon price incorporating the negative externality of pollution would seem a simple first step. The Economist, "Climate change will be a big issue in the Democratic contest," 7 June 2019 Part of Chastain’s job is to determine how the campus can become carbon-neutral by 2030, including through carbon sequestration from its organic research dairy farm. Tara Duggan,, "Can chicken fight climate change? Blue Apron founder’s new company bets on carbon-friendly chicken," 4 June 2019 Our military desperately needs a long-term budget and for sequestration to be repealed. Roger Showley,, "Stopgap budgeting: An economic downside?," 26 Jan. 2018 So there’s stuff that’s crazy out there and requires science — that might be algae, or carbon sequestration, or advanced nuclear power. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the policies that work.," 30 Nov. 2018 This ineffectual twisting of executive authority would also poison the well of upcoming funding negotiations to avert as much as $300 billion in defense spending cuts from sequestration over the next two years. Mackenzie Eaglen And Rick Berger, WSJ, "Support the Troops—Don’t Declare an Emergency," 10 Feb. 2019 Energy Innovation Your modeling does not include any carbon sequestration through 2050. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the policies that work.," 30 Nov. 2018 Congress ended years of sequestration cuts that had damaged the military more than any enemy in the field, as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has put it. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Consequential Congress," 1 Nov. 2018 That’s the logic behind bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS). Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sequestration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sequestration

US : the act of keeping a person or group apart from other people or the state of being kept apart from other people
chiefly British, law : the act of taking someone's property until a debt has been paid


se·​ques·​tra·​tion | \ ˌsēk-wəs-ˈtrā-shən How to pronounce sequestration (audio) , ˌsek- How to pronounce sequestration (audio) , si-ˌkwes-\

Medical Definition of sequestration

1 : the formation of a sequestrum
2 : the process of sequestering or result of being sequestered


se·​ques·​tra·​tion | \ ˌsē-kwəs-ˈtrā-shən, ˌse- How to pronounce sequestration (audio) \

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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