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1. One of several components; a piece.
2. A subdivision of a written work.
3. Law A distinct portion or provision of a legal code or set of laws, often establishing a particular legal requirement: section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
4. A distinct portion of a newspaper: the sports section.
5. A distinct area of a town, county, or country: a residential section.
6. A land unit equal to one square mile (2.59 square kilometers), 640 acres, or 1/36 of a township.
7. The act or process of separating or cutting, especially the surgical cutting or dividing of tissue.
8. A thin slice, as of tissue, suitable for microscopic examination.
9. A segment of a fruit, especially a citrus fruit.
10. Representation of a solid object as it would appear if cut by an intersecting plane, so that the internal structure is displayed.
11. Music A group of instruments or voices in the same class considered as a division of a band, orchestra, or choir: the rhythm section; the woodwind section.
12. A class or discussion group of students taking the same course: She taught three sections of English composition.
a. A portion of railroad track maintained by a single crew.
b. An area in a train's sleeping car containing an upper and lower berth.
14. An army tactical unit smaller than a platoon and larger than a squad.
15. A unit of vessels or aircraft within a division of armed forces.
16. One of two or more vehicles, such as a bus or train, given the same route and schedule, often used to carry extra passengers.
a. The character (§) used in printing to mark the beginning of a section.
b. This character used as the fourth in a series of reference marks for footnotes.
18. Informal A cesarean section.
tr.v. sec·tioned, sec·tion·ing, sec·tions
1. To separate or divide into parts.
2. To cut or divide (tissue) surgically.
3. To shade or crosshatch (part of a drawing) to indicate sections.
4. Informal To perform a cesarean section on.

[Middle English seccioun, from Old French, from Latin sectiō, sectiōn-, from sectus, past participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adj.1.sectioned - consisting of or divided into sections; "a sectional sofa"; "sectioned plates"
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The federal law doesn't include involuntary commitments.
Before SB 719, families had only the more permanent and difficult means of protecting their loved ones and themselves - guardianship or asking the county to start involuntary commitment proceedings.
Involuntary commitment for patients with mental health concerns is a well-established practice in many states across the country, but using similar laws to force people with addiction disorders--who are outside the criminal court system--into substance use treatment is a much newer concept.
Police located Vencil and brought her back to the hospital where a physician determined that she was severely mentally disabled and required involuntary commitment for treatment.
It takes a lot to get into BelJevue": a pro-rights critique of New York's involuntary commitment law.
attempt to call the person subject to the involuntary commitment as an
Self-aggressiveness, as one of the reasons for the involuntary commitment has been represented by the consumption of alcohol in 2/3 from the psychiatric patients, followed by food refusal, suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts.
109) The Maryland Court of Special Appeals--although not a federal court--distinguished its facts from those in Midgett, finding that a "commitment" had not occurred because the procedures were not sufficiently formal to warrant an involuntary commitment.
143) If Massachusetts courts deny psychotherapists the ability to disclose information obtained from patients for involuntary commitment determinations, psychotherapists would be unable to take the statutorily required precautions.
the distinct similarities between involuntary commitment and criminal
The Forum by Shao and Xie [9] discusses some of the difficulties of implementing the involuntary commitment articles in China's new mental health law.
Park Royal is licensed for involuntary commitment and also offers crisis intervention services.