convulsive

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adjective con·vul·sive \ kən-ˈvəl-siv \

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

convulsively

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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

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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 English Language Learners

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Definition of convulsive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONVULSIVE Defined for Kids

convulsive

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adjective con·vul·sive \ kən-ˈvəl-siv \

Definition of convulsive for Students

: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 :constituting or producing a convulsion
  • convulsive disorders
2 :caused by or affected with convulsions
  • convulsive motions
  • a convulsive patient

convulsively

adverb


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