Definition of Seizure

1. Noun. A sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease. "He suffered an epileptic seizure"

Exact synonyms: Ictus, Raptus
Generic synonyms: Attack
Specialized synonyms: Convulsion, Focal Seizure, Raptus Hemorrhagicus, Absence, Absence Seizure
Derivative terms: Ictal

2. Noun. The act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property.

3. Noun. The act of taking of a person by force.
Exact synonyms: Capture
Generic synonyms: Felony
Specialized synonyms: Abduction, Kidnapping, Snatch
Derivative terms: Capture, Seize

4. Noun. The taking possession of something by legal process.

Definition of Seizure

1. n. The act of seizing, or the state of being seized; sudden and violent grasp or gripe; a taking into possession; as, the seizure of a thief, a property, a throne, etc.

Definition of Seizure

1. Noun. The act of taking possession, as by force or right of law. ¹

2. Noun. A sudden attack or convulsion, (e.g. an epileptic seizure). ¹

3. Noun. A sudden onset of pain or emotion. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) retention within one's grasp or power; possession; ownership ¹

5. Noun. That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed. ¹

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Definition of Seizure

1. the act of seizing [n -S]

Medical Definition of Seizure

1. A sudden attack or convulsion due to involuntary electrical activity in the brain. It is due to an uncontrolled burst of electrical activity in the brain that can result in a wide variety of clinical manifestations such as: muscle twitches, staring, tongue biting, urination, loss of consciousness and total body shaking. Examples include: focal seizure, absence seizure, partial seizure, psychomotor seizure, petit-mal seizure and grand-mal seizures. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Seizure

seized up
seized upon
seizes up
seizes upon
seizing up
seizing upon
seizure (current term)
seizure-alert dog

Literary usage of Seizure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"The first is that there was no such seizure of the stocks ад gave the court ... In revenue and admiralty cases a seizure is undoubtedly necessary to confer ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"Where an attachment for purchase money of personal property to which the plaintiff in attachment has reserved title is served by seizure of the property, ..."

3. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1921)
"Quite different from the case of the seizure of such enemy persons and despatches as a vessel cannot carry without exposing herself to punishment, ..."

4. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1917)
"Swedish Government formally protest against seizure of parcels mail on the steamships Hellig Olaf and Stockholm, and as a reprisal parcels mail to or from ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"That, in order to devest the title of the defendant, notice of seizure upon Bondurant at least ... The courts of Louisiana hold the seizure to be essential, ..."

6. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1910)
"Lawrence most at once address Lord Palmerston, and in firm but respectful language ask for a disavowal of the seizure, and of all other acts tending to ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law of Taxation as Imposed by the States and Their by William Henry Burroughs (1877)
"The notice is to contain the substance of the libel and the order of court thereon, and the time and place appointed for trial.1 seizure. ..."

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