- ADJ: usu ADJ nA convulsive movement or action is sudden and cannot be controlled. [FORMAL]
She thought she could never stop until convulsive sobs racked her even more.Derived words:convulsively ADV ADV with v
His arms and legs jerked convulsively.
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Convulsive — Con*vul sive, a. [Cf. F. convulsif.] Producing, or attended with, convulsions or spasms; characterized by convulsions; convulsionary. [1913 Webster] An irregular, convulsive movement may be necessary to throw off an irregular, convulsive disease … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
convulsive — (adj.) 1610s, from Fr. convulsif, from M.L. *convulsivus, from convulsus, pp. of convellere (see CONVULSE (Cf. convulse) (v.)). Related: Convulsively … Etymology dictionary
convulsive — spasmodic, *fitful Contrasted words: *steady, uniform, even, equable, constant … New Dictionary of Synonyms
convulsive — [kən vul′siv] adj. 1. having the nature of a convulsion 2. having, producing, or marked by convulsions convulsively adv. convulsiveness n … English World dictionary
convulsive — ● convulsif, convulsive adjectif (de convulsion) Qui est caractérisé, accompagné par des convulsions : Maladie, toux convulsive. Qui a le caractère brusque, violent, involontaire des convulsions : Des gestes convulsifs. ● convulsif, convulsive… … Encyclopédie Universelle
convulsive — Relating to convulsions; marked by or producing convulsions. * * * con·vul·sive kən vəl siv adj 1) constituting or producing a convulsion <convulsive disorders> 2) caused by or affected with convulsions <convulsive motions> <a… … Medical dictionary
convulsive — con|vul|sive [kənˈvʌlsıv] adj [usually before noun] a convulsive movement or action is sudden, violent, and impossible to control ▪ a convulsive sob >convulsively adv ▪ Con s body jerked convulsively … Dictionary of contemporary English
convulsive — adjective Date: 1615 1. a. constituting or producing a convulsion b. caused by or affected with convulsions 2. resembling a convulsion in being violent, sudden, frantic, or spasmodic < convulsive laughter > Synonyms: see fitful … New Collegiate Dictionary
convulsive — convulsively, adv. convulsiveness, n. /keuhn vul siv/, adj. 1. of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms. 2. producing or accompanied by convulsion: convulsive rage. [1605 15; < L convulsivus. See CONVULSE, IVE] Syn. 1. spasmodic … Universalium
convulsive — adj. Convulsive is used with these nouns: ↑fit … Collocations dictionary