seizure

noun
sei·​zure | \ ˈsē-zhər How to pronounce seizure (audio) \

Definition of seizure

1a : the act, action, or process of seizing : the state of being seized
b : the taking possession of person or property by legal process
2a : a sudden attack (as of disease) especially : the physical manifestations (such 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

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Synonyms for seizure

Synonyms

access, attack, bout, case, fit, siege, spell, turn

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

The list of 21 qualifying conditions – which includes cancer, seizure disorders and glaucoma – were originally listed in the bill. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Once an illness is added to the Ohio medical marijuana list, can it be removed?," 12 July 2019 The hospital alleged that the boy’s brain injury, which caused cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, occurred prior to his arrival at Hopkins. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Five major medical malpractice cases that preceded last week’s ‘record-setting’ verdict against Hopkins Bayview," 10 July 2019 Illnesses now covered include seizure disorder, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain and opioid-use disorder. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Blind and low-vision users, along with disabled people who have certain other impairments like seizure disorders and cognitive disabilities — as well as those who are deaf and hard of hearing — can’t actually use the candidates’ websites. S.e. Smith, Vox, "Not one 2020 candidate has a website that is accessible to the blind," 26 June 2019 Current state law allows individuals with 16 specific conditions, including cancer, seizure disorders and Parkinson’s disease, to possess the drug. Sanya Mansoor, The Seattle Times, "Medical marijuana oil bill clears Georgia Senate," 29 Mar. 2019 Some have visual impairments, seizure disorders or a mix of medical complications. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "In Era of School Shootings, the Most Vulnerable Students Must Prep for the Worst," 21 Oct. 2018 The best studies conducted for more than one year looked at the impact of keto on pediatric seizure disorders. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Most Common Arguments for the Keto Diet, Debunked," 28 Aug. 2018 The drug can be used to treat 21 qualifying medical conditions, including cancer, Crohn's disease, epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "First medical marijuana grower gets green light to start planting in Ohio," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of seizure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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seizure

noun

English Language Learners 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

seizure

noun
sei·​zure | \ ˈsē-zhər How to pronounce seizure (audio) \

Kids Definition of seizure

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

seizure

noun
sei·​zure | \ ˈsē-zhər How to pronounce seizure (audio) \

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

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seizure

noun
sei·​zure | \ ˈsē-zhər How to pronounce seizure (audio) \

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 sense 2
b : the seizing of a person (as for arrest or investigation) — see also arrest, stop — compare search

Note: 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 usually 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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