[ kuhn-vuhl-siv ]
/ kənˈvʌl sɪv /


of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms.
producing or accompanied by convulsion: convulsive rage.

Nearby words

  1. convoy,
  2. convulsant,
  3. convulse,
  4. convulsion,
  5. convulsionary,
  6. convulsive disorder,
  7. convulsively,
  8. conway,
  9. conway, thomas,
  10. conwy

Origin of convulsive

From the Latin word convulsīvus, dating back to 1605–15. See convulse, -ive

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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

Medicine definitions for convulsive


[ kən-vŭlsĭv ]


Characterized by or having the nature of convulsions.
Having or producing convulsions.

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