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SEIZURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does seizure mean? 

SEIZURE (noun)
  The noun SEIZURE has 4 senses:

1. a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
2. the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
3. the act of taking of a person by force
4. the taking possession of something by legal process

  Familiarity information: SEIZURE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEIZURE (noun)


Sense 1seizure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

ictus; raptus; seizure

Context example:

he suffered an epileptic seizure

Hypernyms ("seizure" is a kind of...):

attack (a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seizure"):

convulsion (violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles)

focal seizure (transitory disturbance in motor or sensory function resulting from abnormal cortical activity)

raptus hemorrhagicus (seizure caused by a sudden profuse hemorrhage)


Sense 2seizure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

capture; gaining control; seizure

Hypernyms ("seizure" is a kind of...):

acquiring; getting (the act of acquiring something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seizure"):

enslavement (the act of making slaves of your captives)

conquering; conquest; subjection; subjugation (the act of conquering)

apprehension; arrest; catch; collar; pinch; taking into custody (the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal))

usurpation (wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority))


Sense 3seizure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of taking of a person by force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

seizure; capture

Hypernyms ("seizure" is a kind of...):

felony (a serious crime (such as murder or arson))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seizure"):

abduction (the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife)

kidnapping; snatch ((law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment)


Sense 4seizure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The taking possession of something by legal process

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("seizure" is a kind of...):

appropriation (a deliberate act of acquisition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seizure"):

arrogation; confiscation (seizure by the government)

distraint; distress (the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim)

impounding; impoundment; internment; poundage (placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law)

impress; impressment (the act of coercing someone into government service)

recapture (a legal seizure by the government of profits beyond a fixed amount)


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