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 The mother of three children—one of whom, Jett, died following a seizure in 2009—Preston had been fighting breast cancer for the past two years and had rarely been seen in public since 2018. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Kelly Preston, Actress and Wife of John Travolta, Has Died at 57," 13 July 2020 Plus: Facebook's Roger Stone takedown, the BlueLeaks server seizure, and more of the week's top security news. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: 15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web," 11 July 2020 Roberts suffered a seizure in July 2007 at his vacation home in Maine. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized in June after a fall," 8 July 2020 Roberts suffered a seizure in July 2007 at his vacation home in Maine. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "High court: Chief justice hospitalized last month after fall," 7 July 2020 Arberg said doctors ruled out the possibility of a seizure and instead suggested that Roberts was merely dehydrated. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized for head injury after fall last month," 7 July 2020 However, the seizure at Salerno's port was triggered after several calls by a local crime outfit were intercepted. Fox News, "Massive 'ISIS drug bust' in Italy connected to the Syrian regime, not the terrorist group, analysts argue," 9 July 2020 The suit seeks a court restraining order that would bar the city police, sheriff’s deputies and state police from violating journalists’ rights to free speech and assembly and due process and against unlawful seizure. oregonlive, "Two independent journalists file suit against Portland police, county sheriff’s deputies and state police," 9 July 2020 Communist forces occupied the region following their seizure of China in 1949 and 10 years later crushed an abortive uprising, sending spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and more than 80,000 Tibetans into exile in India and other countries. Washington Post, "China threatens visa restrictions on US officials over Tibet," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of seizure

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

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1 Aug 2020

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“Seizure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seizure. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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seizure

noun
How to pronounce seizure (audio)

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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