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convulsive

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adjective con·vul·sive \kən-ˈvəl-siv\

Simple Definition of convulsive

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of convulsive

  1. 1 a :  constituting or producing a convulsion b :  caused by or affected with convulsions

  2. 2 :  resembling a convulsion in being violent, sudden, frantic, or spasmodic <convulsive laughter>

convulsively adverb
convulsiveness noun

Examples of convulsive in a sentence

  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>



1615

First Known Use of convulsive

1615

Synonym Discussion of convulsive

fitful, spasmodic, convulsive mean lacking steadiness or regularity in movement. fitful implies intermittence, a succession of starts and stops or risings and fallings <fitful sleep>. spasmodic adds to fitful the implication of rapid or violent activity alternating with inactivity <spasmodic growth>. convulsive suggests the breaking of regularity or quiet by uncontrolled movement <convulsive shocks>.

CONVULSIVE Defined for Kids

convulsive

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adjective con·vul·sive \kən-ˈvəl-siv\

Definition of convulsive for Students

  1. :  causing or marked by violent, frantic, or jerky movement <By convulsive efforts he got on his feet, staggered, and fell. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>

convulsively adverb



Medical Dictionary

convulsive

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adjective con·vul·sive \kən-ˈvəl-siv\

Medical Definition of convulsive

  1. 1:  constituting or producing a convulsion <convulsive disorders>

  2. 2:  caused by or affected with convulsions <convulsive motions> <a convulsive patient>

convulsively adverb




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