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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According to Charlton, who spoke with Live Science, the seizure was likely triggered by toxins or pressure on the brain from the infection. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Developed a Near-Fatal Infection in His Brain Lining After Using a Cotton Swab," 15 Mar. 2019 What makes the seizure of documents strange is that so little of the Cambridge Analytica story is, at this late date, in dispute. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday night that a months-long investigation has led to the seizure of nearly 50 pounds of drugs. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD seizes $750K of suspected heroin, meth in 'once-in-a-career' bust," 3 July 2018 An investigation of a large-scale, drug-trafficking organization in Ohio led to the seizure of more than 20 pounds of drugs. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Feds: Fentanyl seized in Ohio bust could be 5 million fatal doses," 26 June 2018 An animal cruelty investigation has led to the seizure of 72 malnourished and neglected animals at a Cypress home on June 13, 2018, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "73 animals rescued from Cypress property remain with SPCA," 20 June 2018 Heavily armed police officers targeted drug-dealing gang members in an operation that led to the seizure of guns and drugs from five locations in Hartford and East Hartford Tuesday, a U.S. Attorney spokesman said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Feds: Police Target Gang Members, Dealers In City, East Hartford; 9 Arrested," 20 June 2018 Research shows that some dogs can actually detect a wide array of serious conditions, including seizures related to epilepsy. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019 The San Francisco that Hitchcock creates from Scottie’s first quasi-orgasmic seizure onward is a dreamscape. John Anderson, WSJ, "The Heights of Obsession," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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