convulsive


con·vul·sive

adjective \kən-ˈvəl-siv\

: involving or causing a sudden violent shaking of the muscles in your body that you are unable to control

: causing the entire body to shake

Full Definition of CONVULSIVE

1
a :  constituting or producing a convulsion
b :  caused by or affected with convulsions
2
:  resembling a convulsion in being violent, sudden, frantic, or spasmodic <convulsive laughter>
con·vul·sive·ly adverb
con·vul·sive·ness noun

Examples of CONVULSIVE

  1. <the assassination of Martin Luther King was one of the most convulsive events of the 1960s>
  2. <after a day of convulsive trading, the stock market was down 300 points>

First Known Use of CONVULSIVE

1615

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