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sequestrate Line breaks: se¦ques|trate
Pronunciation: /ˈsiːkwəstreɪt/

Definition of sequestrate in English:


[with object]
1Take legal possession of (assets) until a debt has been paid or other claims have been met: the power of courts to sequestrate the assets of unions
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  • The reason for this is simple-the union's funds would have been sequestrated.
  • This was crucially important, as when the funds of the union were sequestrated, the support groups were independent of the union and their funds could not be touched.
  • A legal attack was waged against the union, during which there were repeated efforts to sequestrate its assets.
1.1Take forcible possession of (something); confiscate: in November 1956 the property was sequestrated by the authorities
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  • It was then sequestrated in November 1956 by the Egyptian government.
  • Their property and businesses were registered and sometimes sequestrated.
  • Various properties, including their luxury villa, were sequestrated.
1.2Legally place (the property of a bankrupt) in the hands of a trustee for division among the creditors: (as adjective sequestrated) a trustee in a sequestrated estate
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  • The park was auctioned two weeks ago as part of the insolvent estate which was sequestrated by the High Court last August.
  • His multi-million rand estate was sequestrated in September last year after he went into debt to the tune of R10 million to Standard Bank.
1.3Declare (someone) bankrupt: two more poll tax rebels were sequestrated
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  • If you are sequestrated, the process is pretty public.
  • He owes substantial sums to a firm of lawyers who were forced in 1996 to sequestrate him.
  • He accepted an investment from a Cape Town woman about two weeks before he was sequestrated.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'separate from general access'): from late Latin sequestrat- 'given up for safekeeping', from the verb sequestrare (see sequester).



Pronunciation: /sɪˈkwɛstrəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • This condition is normally fulfilled, for example, when a defendant foreign manufacturer had exported his products directly to the forum state where they caused the injury which is the basis of the dispute, but not by the mere presence in the forum state of sequestrable assets belonging to a foreign defendant in the case of money claims totally unrelated to that state.
  • Jurisdictional grounds not accepted by the Regulation could be used in order to avoid a legal vacuum, for example, in a Member State where the defendant debtor has sequestrable assets that otherwise would be beyond the reach of his creditors.


Pronunciation: /ˈsiːkwəstreɪtə/
Example sentences
  • And this gives them all, and every one of them in particular, a right to see that the sequestrator carefully performs his trust.
  • In March, 1918, the sequestrator appointed by the German government took over the property of the German corporation and the management of its business.
  • The writ binds all property of the person sequestered from the date of its issue, and the sequestrators enter at once to take possession of his real and personal estate.

Words that rhyme with sequestrate

adulterate • asseverate

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