Seq`ues*tra"tion (?), n. [L. sequestratio: cf. F. s'equestration.]
1. (a) Civil & Com.Law
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.
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.
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. Craig
. (d) Intrnat.Law
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.
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.
<-- 4. (Chem.) the act or process of sequestering (v. t. sense 5) -->
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