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
In March, the director-general of the UAE’s Anti-Narcotics Department, Colonel Saeed al-Suwaidi, said seizures of Captagon, real and fake, and crystal meth, had almost quadrupled last year.
This, despite suffering a seizure while on the operating table.
The seizures included more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine, 223 pounds of cocaine, 22 pounds of fentanyl, 77 pounds of marijuana and 45 pounds of heroin.
The government has initiated seizures of Dunning's assets including bank accounts and real estate.
The expulsions and compound seizures were originally devised as ways to retaliate against Moscow not for election interference but for an escalating campaign of harassment of American diplomats and intelligence operatives.
Addyson suffers from myoclonic epilepsy, a severe neurological disorder that can trigger as many as 1,000 seizures a day.
The Bentons said that with consistent treatment, Addyson has fewer than 10 seizures daily.
A search of that residence led to the seizure of 8 pounds of Spice, a quarter pound of marijuana and $13,116.
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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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