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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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A second doctor completed the form for an involuntary commitment, indicating that J.P.S.
She obtained an order for involuntary commitment. Six burley police officers came and apprehended D.
(38) Reasoning that involuntary commitment once in a lifetime is not a perfect proxy for an individual currently being mentally ill, the Court determined that the government had not yet met its burden: to prove either (a) that a lifetime ban that may sometimes apply to an overbreadth of cases is necessary to achieve the government's interest; or (b) demonstrate that Tyler, specifically, would be a risk to himself or others if armed.
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.
He describes the negative outcomes of government policies and court decisions over the past 30 years, such as closing psychiatric hospitals and restricting involuntary commitment. He advocates for a shift away from warehousing the mentally ill in jails and instead providing in-patient services in order to prevent crime, violence, and homelessness.
Involuntary Commitment and Loss of Right to Possess Firearms: Pennsylvania Supreme Court interprets Pennsylvania statute governing challenges to loss of right to possess firearms following involuntary civil commitment for mental health treatment, holding that when reviewing a physician's decision to involuntarily commit an individual, a court must find that the physician's decision was supported by a preponderance of the evidence available to the physician when the decision was made.
The killings have sparked debate on whether the system for involuntary commitment and aftercare has broken down, since Uematsu had previously made clear his intent to commit the crime.
involuntary commitment to a mental hospital would have on the individual
Tuttle's head during the pendency of the case was "a great incentive'' for him to comply with his treatment regimen, she noted that the law would allow his family to seek his involuntary commitment to a state hospital if he were to become noncompliant.