AskDefine | Define sequester

Dictionary Definition



1 requisition forcibly, as of enemy property; "the estate was sequestered"
2 take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork" [syn: impound, attach, confiscate, seize]
3 undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion; "The cations were sequestered"
4 keep away from others; "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book" [syn: seclude, sequestrate, withdraw]
5 set apart from others; "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on" [syn: sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, isolate]

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  1. To separate from all external influence.
    The jury was sequestered from the press by the judge's order.

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Extensive Definition

The term sequestration can have different meanings according to the context.
  • Sequestration (law), the act of seizing property from the owner under process of law for the benefit of creditors or the state


In biochemistry, the term "sequestration" is used to indicate that a compound or metabolite is locked away so as to not to be readily available. The inhibition or prevention of normal ion behavior by combination with added materials, especially the prevention of metallic ion precipitation from solution by formation of a coordination compound with a tree/to leave or isolate form.

Climate change

With regard to climate change, the term "sequestration" denotes a technique for the permanent storage of carbon dioxide or other IR active compounds so they will not be released to the atmosphere where they would contribute to the greenhouse gas effect.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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