• WordNet 3.6
    • n sequestration seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized
    • n sequestration the act of segregating or sequestering "sequestration of the jury"
    • n sequestration a writ that authorizes the seizure of property
    • n sequestration the action of forming a chelate or other stable compound with an ion or atom or molecule so that it is no longer available for reactions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sequestration A kind of execution for a rent, as in the case of a beneficed clerk, of the profits of a benefice, till he shall have satisfied some debt established by decree; the gathering up of the fruits of a benefice during a vacancy, for the use of the next incumbent; the disposing of the goods, by the ordinary, of one who is dead, whose estate no man will meddle with.
    • Sequestration A prerogative process empowering certain commissioners to take and hold a defendant's property and receive the rents and profits thereof, until he clears himself of a contempt or performs a decree of the court.
    • Sequestration Disunion; disjunction.
    • Sequestration The act of separating, or setting aside, a thing in controversy from the possession of both the parties that contend for it, to be delivered to the one adjudged entitled to it. It may be voluntary or involuntary.
    • Sequestration The seizure of the property of an individual for the use of the state; particularly applied to the seizure, by a belligerent power, of debts due from its subjects to the enemy.
    • Sequestration The state of being separated or set aside; separation; retirement; seclusion from society. "Since Henry Monmouth first began to reign, . . . This loathsome sequestration have I had."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sequestration The act of sequestering, or the state of being sequestered or set aside; separation; retirement; seclusion from society.
    • n sequestration Disunion; disjunction; division; rupture.
    • n sequestration In law:
    • n sequestration The separation of a thing in controversy from the possession of those who contend for it.
    • n sequestration The setting apart of the goods and chattels of a deceased person to whom no one was willing to take out administration.
    • n sequestration A writ directed by the Court of Chancery to commissioners or to the sheriff, commanding them or him to enter the lands and seize the goods of the person against whom it is directed. It might be issued against a defendant who is in contempt by reason of neglect or refusal to appear or answer or to obey a decree of court.
    • n sequestration The act of taking property from the owner for a time till the rents, issues, and profits satisfy a demand; especially, in ecclesiastical practice, a species of execution for debt in the case of a beneficed clergyman, issued by the bishop of the diocese on the receipt of a writ to that effect, under which the profits of the benefice are paid over to the creditor until his claim is satisfied.
    • n sequestration The gathering of the fruits of a vacant benefice for the use of the next incumbent.
    • n sequestration The seizure of the property of an individual for the use of the state: particularly applied to the seizure by a belligerent power of debts due by its subjects to the enemy.
    • n sequestration The seizing of the estate of an insolvent or a bankrupt, by decree of a competent court, for behoof of the creditors.
    • n sequestration The formation of a sequestrum; the separation of a dead piece of bone (or cartilage) from the living bone (or cartilage) about it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sequestration the Scotch legal term for bankruptcy: the act of sequestering, esp. the seizure of any one's property for the use of the state during dispute, or for the benefit of creditors: state of being separated: seclusion from society
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sequestratio,: cf. F. séquestration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sequestrer—Low L. sequestrāre, -ātum—L. sequester, a depositary—sequi, to follow.


In literature:

He might, for that matter, write and inquire of Elizabeth; but his instinct for sequestration had made the course difficult.
"The Mayor of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy
At that time there was no rigid sequestration on the islands, and lepers, if they chose, were allowed to go free.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham
Sequestration of the Sick.
"A Journal of the Plague Year" by Daniel Defoe
A new treaty, still less a sequestration, is not to be thought of for a moment.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
What am I thus sequestred from the court?
"The Spanish Tragedie" by Thomas Kyd
The wealth of the noblest families was sequestrated to the state.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
We mean neither to sequestrate your estates, nor to abase your honours, but, on the contrary, will add largely to both.
"Quentin Durward" by Sir Walter Scott
If not, sequestration, exile, and everlasting infamy.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
In Freeland no one possesses this power because here no one need sequestrate the land in order that it may be tilled.
"Freeland" by Theodor Hertzka
We killed seals by sequestrating the bulls, surrounding them, and clubbing them at a certain point of the forehead.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams

In poetry:

A sequestration bare.
Too far alike we were,
Too far
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson

In news:

Sequestration worries uniformed leaders, Congress.
Response to Sandy could deplete coffers, as sequestration threat looms.
The politics of "sequestration" illustrate the talent of congressional.
Will the president and Congress reach a budget deal before sequestration kicks in.
T he likelihood of budget reductions, whether sequestration or something less devastating, has presented a challenge for the US military's energy programs.
History of Illegal Arms/Sequestration and the Defense Industry.
Defense contractors back off layoff notice threats ahead of sequestration.
It has a fancy name - "budget sequestration".
An easy-to-understand visualization of sequestration, a hard-to-understand hot-button issue.
If there is any validity to historic precedence, the Congress and the White House ultimately will come to some sort of compromise over the impending doom of sequestration, but not before the Dec 31 deadline is only moments away.
Sequestration is a term invented by Sen Harry Reid during the Budget Control Act negotiations last August.
Could sequestration hurt local economy.
(CBS News) Sequestration is on the horizon.
Great idea on sequestration from an unlikely source.
Sequestration Would Be 'Deeply Destructive'.

In science:

These species should be depleted into feldspars in the presence of silicates; their presence requires the sequestration of condensates to deeper levels1 (Burrows et al. 2000).
Cloud Formation and Dynamics in Cool Dwarf and Hot Exoplanetary Atmospheres