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

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 Newsom also signed bills Thursday to help coastal communities deal with sea level rise, foster carbon sequestration projects to help meet the state’s existing greenhouse gas reduction goals, and clean up oil and gas wells. Samantha Young, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Sep. 2021 This is often referred to as soil carbon sequestration and has been explored by both farmers and scientists to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and generate more value by enriching the soil for future agricultural production. Lana Bandoim, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Senior Josie Humber focused her project on two algae species, studying how they could be cultivated better to maximize carbon sequestration. Jeff Banowetz,, 4 Apr. 2022 Experts acknowledge that forest restoration and carbon sequestration are complex, and that commercial species have a role to play. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Mushroom growing, which is a part of agroforestry, can help with soil enrichment and carbon sequestration in woodlands. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Feb. 2022 Baldocchi is one of several scientists now using Dutch Slough to study carbon sequestration in freshwater tidal marshes. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Dec. 2021 The certification levies a fee for every tonne of carbon emissions, funneling major investments into global carbon sequestration and reduction efforts. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Some of the critical functions of forests include, but are not limited to, providing a habitat for other species, facilitating carbon sequestration, supporting pollinators, protecting soil and improving water quality. Sarah Sloat, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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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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