Definition of sequestration in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of sequestrating or taking legal possession of assets.

    ‘if such court injunctions are ignored, sequestration of trade union assets will follow’
    • ‘That, however, does not mean that there are no cases of negligent contempt where a penalty in the form of committal or sequestration would be appropriate.’
    • ‘The primary methods of enforcement on the breach of injunctive orders are committal for contempt and sequestration of assets.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, if there was any breach of a High Court injunction, individual teachers would not be imprisoned but the union would be exposed to the sequestration of its assets by the State.’
    • ‘Public humiliation was often a more powerful method of control than even the sequestration of an individual's money and property.’
    • ‘The debtor will be protected from enforcement action and sequestration while the programme is in place.’
    • ‘Legal action may include, but not be limited to, asset sequestration, criminal charges of corruption, jail, and travel bans.’
    • ‘He short-circuited moral claims concerning the unethical nature of sequestration by saying, in effect, that the legal right to confiscate made for the moral right to do so.’
    • ‘Some congressmen wanted ‘total confiscation’ while others ‘preferred limiting the act to sequestration.’’
    • ‘This is important to high-risk entrepreneurs who can protect their important assets (like residential property, etc.) against possible sequestration.’
    • ‘Protected trust deeds are less formal than sequestrations, since they do not involve any court process.’
    • ‘And the same is true of a sequestration made in consequence of a company's failure to comply with an order or undertaking.’
    • ‘She had brought in a batch of anti-union legislation, specifically aimed out outlawing supportive action by separate unions, under the threat of sequestration.’
    • ‘In the proceedings before the Full Court, he made it clear that the applicant did not contest the order for sequestration of his estate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Penalties include an unlimited fine, sequestration of property and/or two years imprisonment.’
    separation, setting apart, keeping apart, sorting out
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    1. 1.1 The action of taking forcible possession of something; confiscation.
      ‘he demanded the sequestration of the incriminating correspondence’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The action of declaring someone bankrupt.
      count noun ‘in Scotland there were 1,908 sequestrations of individuals’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is to prevent an insolvent from transferring assets to their spouses to avoid the consequences of sequestration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also accepted a pension payout of R88000 three weeks before sequestration.’
      • ‘In 1999 he petitioned for his own sequestration and was declared a personal bankrupt.’
  • 2The action of chemically sequestering a substance.

    ‘carbon sequestration’
    • ‘The next section shows that electrostatic theory predicts this lateral sequestration of a polyvalent lipid.’
    • ‘This indicated that the sequestration capacity of iron plaque may be different between cations and anions.’
    • ‘Anionic polymers, on the other hand, inhibit the processes of adsorption and transduction via sequestration of cationic polymers, preventing charge shielding and virus aggregation.’
    • ‘It is the valence of the lipid, not the membrane-bound peptide, that is the more important factor for lateral electrostatic sequestration.’
    • ‘A potentially beneficial effect of HO-1 activity against oxidant injury is related to its role in iron sequestration.’