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[kuh n-vuhl-siv] /kənˈvʌl sɪv/
of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms.
producing or accompanied by convulsion:
convulsive rage.
Origin of convulsive
From the Latin word convulsīvus, dating back to 1605-15. See convulse, -ive
Related forms
convulsively, adverb
convulsiveness, noun
postconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsively, adverb
unconvulsiveness, noun
1. spasmodic. Unabridged
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  • Not until there was a convulsive jerk of Dozier's elbow did he stir his folded arms.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • It never occurred to her that she might be the cause of that convulsive outburst.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • He was pale as death, and his lips trembled with convulsive motion.

  • "Yes," and as the girl replied a convulsive shudder racked her frame.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • He had kept Rosa's hand in a convulsive grasp, and he drew her with him into the eye of the world.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Adams looked at her, and gesticulated shakily at the convulsive figure on the floor.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Not a sob, not a convulsive movement, accompanied their flow.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I took it in mine, and at once I felt it close on mine with a quick, convulsive strength.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
Word Origin and History for convulsive

1610s, from French convulsif, from Medieval Latin *convulsivus, from convulsus, past participle of convellere (see convulse (v.)). Related: Convulsively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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convulsive in Medicine

convulsive con·vul·sive (kən-vŭl'sĭv)

  1. Characterized by or having the nature of convulsions.

  2. Having or producing convulsions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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