Simple Definition of seizure
: the act of taking control of something especially by force or violence
law : the act of taking something by legal authority
medical : an abnormal state in which you become unconscious and your body moves in an uncontrolled and violent way
Full Definition of seizure
2a : a sudden attack (as of disease); especially : the physical manifestations (as convulsions, sensory disturbances, or loss of consciousness) resulting from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain (as in epilepsy)b : an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain
Examples of seizure in a sentence
the seizure of power by the rebels
property that is protected from seizure
the seizure of evidence by the police
Not all searches and seizures by the police require a warrant.
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SEIZURE Defined for Kids
Definition of seizure for Students
1 : an act of taking suddenly or with force : the state of being taken suddenly or with force
2 : an abnormal state in which a person usually experiences convulsions and may become unconscious
Medical Definition of seizure
1: a sudden attack (as of disease); especially : the physical manifestations (as convulsions, sensory disturbances, or loss of consciousness) resulting from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain (as in epilepsy)
2: an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain
Legal Definition of seizure
: the act, fact, or process of seizing: as a : the seizing of property that involves meaningful interference with a person's possessory interest in it <seizure of evidence found in plain view> — see also plain view 2 b : the seizing of a person (as for arrest or investigation) — see also arrest, stop — compare search
Additional Notes on seizure
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right against unreasonable searches and seizures. It requires that a warrant may issue only upon probable cause, and that the warrant particularly describe the persons or things to be seized. Not all seizures, however, require a warrant. A seizure that constitutes an arrest requires probable cause to be reasonable, and a stop usu. requires reasonable suspicion of the particular person or persons stopped, although stops like those at drunk driving checkpoints may be justified by a plan that places explicit and neutral limitations on the conduct of police officers with no requirement of individualized suspicion.
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