seizure

noun sei·zure \ ˈsē-zhər \

Definition of seizure

1 a :the act, action, or process of seizing :the state of being seized
b :the taking possession of person or property by legal process
2 a :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

Examples of seizure in a Sentence

  1. the seizure of power by the rebels

  2. property that is protected from seizure

  3. the seizure of evidence by the police

  4. Not all searches and seizures by the police require a warrant.

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First Known Use of seizure

15th century


SEIZURE Defined for English Language Learners

seizure

noun

Definition of seizure for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

seizure

noun sei·zure \ ˈsē-zhər \

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 Dictionary

seizure

noun sei·zure \ ˈsē-zhər \

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

Law Dictionary

seizure

noun sei·zure \ ˈsē-zhər \

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
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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