Definition of seizure
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
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.
Recent Examples of seizure from the Web
More typical of the state of the market is the second largest seizure: 31 rifles and 1,000 rounds in 2013.
Three days after his seizure, Hartsfield’s son was born.
At the same time, some analysts argue that a messy debt default could have far-reaching consequences, including the seizure of Venezuelan assets around the globe that could make living conditions even worse at home.
JACKSON, Miss. — Hoyt Cantrell drove a truck for more than 20 years before seizures — 23 of them since 2009 — cost him his livelihood.
President Robert Mugabe and many in his government point to rebounding tobacco production as justification for often violent land seizures years ago.
Seizures also were more common when humidity was high.
The median monthly frequency of convulsive seizures fell to 5.9 from 12.4 among children with a drug-resistant form of Dravet syndrome who took the company's Epidiolex cannabidiol oral solution.
During Jones' time working in hospitals and clinics in San Antonio and elsewhere in Texas, children died of unexplained seizures and other complications.
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First Known Use of seizure
SEIZURE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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
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
Additional Notes on seizure
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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