AskDefine | Define seizure

Dictionary Definition



1 a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease; "he suffered an epileptic seizure" [syn: ictus, raptus]
2 the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property [syn: capture, gaining control]
3 the act of taking of a person by force [syn: capture]
4 the taking possession of something by legal process

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. The act of taking possession, as by force or right of law.
    The search warrant permitted the seizure of evidence.
  2. A sudden attack or convulsion, (e.g. an epileptic seizure).
    He fell to the floor and convulsed when the epilectic seizure occurred.
  3. A sudden onset of pain or emotion.
    He felt the sudden seizure of pain as the heart attack began.


act of taking possession, as by force or right of law
sudden attack or convulsion
sudden onset of pain or emotion

Extensive Definition

Seizure may refer to:

Legal Term

Seizure is the legal removal of property.


In telecommunications, a seizure is an attempted call, as in Answer/Seizure ratio


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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