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.
Recent Examples on the Web Four teams of control-room operators for the New York Independent System Operator moved into trailers at two sites this week, a voluntary sequestration that could last weeks. Chris Martin,, "New York Grid Operators Living Onsite to Keep Power Flowing," 10 May 2020 Large-scale offshore kelp farming could amplify a crucial function of kelp ecosystems: carbon sequestration. Maurice Roper, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 Fugate told Garrett that the Great Recession and sequestration policies enacted during the Obama administration had resulted in diminished federal public health resources. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Former FEMA director on the coronavirus: "Until we have a vaccine, this will not be going back to normal"," 10 Apr. 2020 These various forms all behave differently, and ultimately have very different impacts on plant growth, soil structure and carbon sequestration. Francesca Cotrufo, The Conversation, "Soil carbon is a valuable resource, but all soil carbon is not created equal," 6 Feb. 2020 Another carbon sequestration start-up that caught my eye this week is Texas born Hypergiant Industries, which is experimenting with algae blooms as a means to remove CO2 from the environment. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How AI, satellites and drones could help plant a trillion trees," 30 Jan. 2020 While newspapers, radio and television have softened the ordeal of past sequestrations, the coronavirus quarantines of 2020 are unlike any other in human history owing to almost universal digital connection. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Video Chats and Ordering In: Coronavirus Quarantine With a Smartphone," 18 Feb. 2020 House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled legislation focused on carbon capture and sequestration, which includes the goal of planting a trillion trees, to counter the Democrats. Fox News, "Dan Crenshaw calls out Bernie and AOC's Green New Deal: It's a 'third-grade science project'," 15 Feb. 2020 This locks carbon out of the atmosphere for millennia or longer, resulting in long-term sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Wired, "We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sequestration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sequestration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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