- Sequestration Seq`ues*tra"tion, n. [L. sequestratio: cf. F.
(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.
(b) (Chancery) 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
(c) (Eccl. Law) 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. --Tomlins. --Wharton.
(d) (Internat. 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. --Burrill.
Since Henry Monmouth first began to reign, . . . This loathsome sequestration have I had. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.