sequestration

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of sequestration in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Our military desperately needs a long-term budget and for sequestration to be repealed. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 During that time, public schools have seen their revenue shrink, with federal funding dropping 19.5 percent, particularly after Congress’ across-the-board spending cuts known as budget sequestration took effect in 2013. Emmarie Huetteman, Washington Post, "Unwieldy Health Costs Often Stand Between Teachers And Fatter Paychecks," 18 June 2018 An investigation has been open for kidnapping and sequestration, attempted homicide and violence with a weapon. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "Suspect in Paris hostage-taking placed in psychiatric unit," 13 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sequestration.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sequestration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sequestration

Statistics for sequestration

Last Updated

19 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sequestration

The first known use of sequestration was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sequestration

sequestration

noun

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

sequestration

noun
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

sequestration

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on sequestration

What made you want to look up sequestration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!