Definition of sequestration in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsikwəˈstrāSH(ə)n/


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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Syllabification: se·ques·tra·tion

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