Definition of convulsive
- convulsive laughter
the assassination of Martin Luther King was one of the most convulsive events of the 1960s
after a day of convulsive trading, the stock market was down 300 points
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: 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
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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