convulsive

adjective

con·​vul·​sive kən-ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce convulsive (audio)
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 adverb
convulsiveness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Stoke Therapeutics said Monday that a higher dose of its experimental drug for epilepsy reduced the frequency of convulsive seizures in children with a rare form of the disease. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 14 Nov. 2022 The term is musicological, describing the convulsive vocal cadence that took over pop thanks to them. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 1 Nov. 2022 Across India, medical practitioners and health care professionals offer conversion therapy in the form of counseling, medication, institutionalization, hormone injections, and even electro-convulsive therapy and hormonal castration. Time, 6 Oct. 2022 The convulsive and taboo-busting comic has transformed over time into a still bitingly funny and progressive feminist voice. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 McCartney has performed here before, of course, with the Beatles before a convulsive crowd at what was then called the Civic Center in 1964. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, 3 Mar. 2022 In truth, a fractious, convulsive Ethiopia would have a massive impact on the entire continent, and the accompanying reverberations have the potential to set off a chain reaction that could impact us all. Isha Sesay, Masai Ujiri, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2021 There are multiple period thrillers, as projects wrestle with key issues – identity, peace, high-tech, big business, sacrifice, survival – crucial to these convulsive times. John Hopewell, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of convulsive was in 1615

Dictionary Entries Near convulsive

Cite this Entry

“Convulsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convulsive. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

convulsive

adjective

con·​vul·​sive -ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce convulsive (audio)
1
a
: being or producing a convulsion
b
: caused by or having convulsions
2
: resembling a convulsion especially in being sudden or violent
convulsively adverb

Medical Definition

convulsive

adjective

con·​vul·​sive kən-ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce convulsive (audio)
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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