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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The fact that the US Postal Inspector was involved in those seizures might give one pause when ordering online, but now that hemp CBD is legal, things in the state should be easier. . Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 The next morning, the girl started experiencing seizures around 6:25 a.m. and had a fever recorded at 105.7 degrees after emergency responders arrived. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "7-Year-Old Jackeline Caal Died in Border Patrol Custody After Migrating From Guatemala," 14 Dec. 2018 The company also says that the city hasn’t provided proper documentation and justification for those seizures. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Can cities ban e-scooters in the name of public safety? Bird says no way," 4 Nov. 2018 Instead, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is looking into changing the country’s constitution to allow land seizures without compensation. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: South Africa to withdraw, North Carolina to redraw," 29 Aug. 2018 There, rapid land seizures panicked investors, causing them to flee the market in droves. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Trump’s tweet echoing white nationalist propaganda about South African farmers, explained," 23 Aug. 2018 Infants can experience seizures, hearing loss, and even developmental disabilities from toxoplasmosis. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How Cat Poop Can Affect Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 Glioblastoma, a difficult-to-treat disease that is the most common of all malignant brain tumors, can cause seizures, headaches, blurred vision, and confusion. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Polio virus treatment increased survival in patients with deadly brain tumors, study shows," 26 June 2018 Disney is warning moviegoers that their new film Incredibles 2 could cause epileptic seizures. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Disney Warns Moviegoers that Incredibles 2 Could Cause Epileptic Seizures," 18 June 2018

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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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