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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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 Sam Wasser, the co-executive director of the Center for Environmental Forensic Science (CEFS) at the University of Washington, told CNN that data collected from a previous seizure in Africa helped lead to the arrests. David Williams, CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 Iran offered conflicting accounts of what happened, claiming that elite Revolutionary Guard commandos had thwarted a U.S. seizure of a tanker carrying Iranian oil in the Gulf of Oman and freed the vessel. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Nov. 2021 The inmate, Elisa Serna, was suffering from withdrawal symptoms from heroin and seizure-like symptoms. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 Symptoms vary but can include infections resulting in ulcers or skin abscesses; high fevers, headaches, chest pain, anorexia and muscle soreness; bloodstream infections; headaches, seizure and extreme weakness. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 5 Nov. 2021 In October 2015, Hammoud's older brother and best friend, Ali Hussein Hammoud, died suddenly from a seizure at the age of 28. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 1 Nov. 2021 Warren challenged the seizure, and the case appeared headed for trial. NBC News, 29 Oct. 2021 Wednesday’s seizure equated to roughly three times the total number of meth tablets and a third of all crystal meth police found in Laos last year. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 Iran, meanwhile, offered conflicting accounts of what happened, claiming that Guard commandos had thwarted a U.S. seizure of a tanker carrying Iranian oil in the Gulf of Oman and freed the vessel. Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of seizure

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

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18 Nov 2021

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“Seizure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seizure. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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seizure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seizure

: the act of taking control of something especially by force or violence
: the act of taking something by legal authority
: 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

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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