Definition of sequestration in English:


Syllabification: se·ques·tra·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌsēkwiˈstrāSHən, ˌsek-


  • 1The action of taking legal possession of assets until a debt has been paid or other claims have been met: if such court injunctions are ignored, sequestration of trade union assets will follow
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    • The primary methods of enforcement on the breach of injunctive orders are committal for contempt and sequestration of assets.
    • The Sexual Offences Act had made trafficking for sexual purposes an offence and those convicted could face 14 years in prison and sequestration of their assets.
    • Legal action may include, but not be limited to, asset sequestration, criminal charges of corruption, jail, and travel bans.
  • 1.1The action of taking forcible possession of something; confiscation: they demanded the sequestration of the incriminating correspondence
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    • Emigrés risked the sequestration of their land, but in 1814 nobles still owned 20 percent of the land in France, compared to 25 per cent in 1789.
  • 1.2An act of declaring someone bankrupt.
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    • The figures for Scotland are less severe, but the trend line is similar: personal sequestrations are down on the fourth quarter of 2005, but 37% higher than this time last year.
    • In 1999 he petitioned for his own sequestration and was declared a personal bankrupt.
    • He also said that if his bail was not extended in the meantime he stood to lose the assets he had accumulated since his sequestration last year.
  • 1.3The action of making a general cut in government spending: the measure brings the federal budget closer to sequestration
  • 1.4 Chemistry The action of sequestering a substance.
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    • Anionic polymers, on the other hand, inhibit the processes of adsorption and transduction via sequestration of cationic polymers, preventing charge shielding and virus aggregation.
    • The next section shows that electrostatic theory predicts this lateral sequestration of a polyvalent lipid.
    • A potentially beneficial effect of HO-1 activity against oxidant injury is related to its role in iron sequestration.

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