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 Developing a portfolio of natural solutions for carbon sequestration is an ambitious but realistic approach to this problem—one that can have an immense effect on our ability to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. Frederick W. Smith, Fortune, "Sustainability in aviation is a tough nut—but it can be cracked," 29 Apr. 2021 The company has earmarked $1 million or more per year for climate sequestration. Walter Loeb, Forbes, "Shopify Leads With Strong Sales And Earnings Results," 28 Apr. 2021 Furthermore, studies have found that applied compost helps with carbon sequestration, further battling climate change. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, "It's Earth Day: Five steps to start backyard composting," 22 Apr. 2021 If outside influence were such a concern, the huge display of force across the city of Minneapolis would have been reason enough for sequestration. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: The trial of Derek Chauvin, Judge Peter Cahill, remembering Walter Mondale," 20 Apr. 2021 So conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, which are more resilient to climate change and able to help aid in carbon sequestration, can be another tool in blunting the impact. Morgan Greene,, "What might be ahead for birds, fish and trees facing Illinois’ changing climate," 20 Apr. 2021 Breakthrough Energy is interested in quantum computing as a tool for finding new materials to enable carbon sequestration, said Monroe, chief scientist at IonQ, which has announced plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. Washington Post, "Quantum technology emerges from the lab to spark a mini startup boom," 7 Apr. 2021 The judge instead ruled in favor of the prosecution, who argued that jury sequestration, or the isolation of a jury to avoid accidental or deliberate tainting of the jurors by exposing them to outside information, would be unnecessary. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Judge in Chauvin case rejects jury sequestration after Daunte Wright shooting," 12 Apr. 2021 In June 2020, Ford announced plans to go carbon neutral, meaning that the number of emissions released by the company will be reduced or offset by renewable energy, carbon sequestration or carbon credits. Leighton Schneider, ABC News, "Ford announces new carbon neutral targets," 2 Apr. 2021

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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 14 May. 2021.

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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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