sequ-, sequi-, secut-, suit-, -sue
(Latin: follow, followed, following)
Cleo's sister sequestered herself away her family and friends until she was able to complete her nonfiction book about government incompetence and corruption.2. To take temporary possession of property as security against legal claims: Mack's house will be sequestered until he pays the debt that he owes the bank.
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2. In law, to take or confiscate property until a debt has been paid: Jillian's and Roy's house will be sequestrated by the bank, unless they can come up with their back payments.
3. Etymology: from Late Latin sequestrare, "to give up for safe keeping"; from sequester, "a depository, a trustee".
2. The isolation of a patient: Since Fay's daughter had a virus that was easily transmitted to others, she was placed in sequestration by the hospital staff.
3. A net increase in the quantity of blood within a limited vascular area: Medical sequestrations occur physiologically with or without the forward flow of blood persisting or are produced artificially by the application of tourniquets.
4. In common law, juries are often kept together and not allowed contact with other people during a trial and the jury deliberations until they are discharged and even the witnesses can be restricted: The prosecutor, Mr. Smith, believed defense witnesses might change their versions of the facts if they were permitted to hear the other witnesses testify; so, to avoid that problem, he requested that Judge Evans order the sequestration of all the witnesses. The judge agreed and so he ordered that all potential witnesses be placed in sequestration from the courtroom and each other until they were called to testify one at a time.
5. The effective removal of ions from a solution by coordination with another type of ion or molecule to form complexes that do not have the same chemical behavior as the original ions: It has been discovered that microbes may play a critical role in the sequestration of carbon in the oceans through a system termed the "microbial carbon pump", or MCP.
6. A description of a fiscal policy established by the U.S. Congress to limit the size of the federal government's excessive spending: The prospect of sequestrations seems to have become so catastrophic that Congress so far has been unwilling to let it actually happen.
Congress has repeatedly decided to raise the Budget Resolution spending limits upward toward the end of the legislative session in order to match the actual totals already appropriated; therefore, sequestration has largely diminished the incentives that the reformed budget procedures were supposed to provide for Congress to get better control of the budget deficit.