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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
1605-15; < Latin convulsīvus. See convulse, -ive
Related forms
convulsively, adverb
convulsiveness, noun
postconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsively, adverb
unconvulsiveness, noun
1. spasmodic. Unabridged
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  • These convulsive jolts occur as the dozen or so ambulatory slabs that make up the surface grind past one another.
  • They are mandarins masquerading as barbarians in the wishful service of convulsive beauty.
  • Eli then falls into a convulsive fit and rises born again as the prophet.
  • The government seemed to offer a sense of direction in convulsive times.
  • Electro-convulsive therapy abated his depression, along with the last vestiges of his desire to write.
  • He mimed some woozy tottering and a convulsive hurl.
  • His shivering, caused by muscles contracting to produce heat, grew convulsive.
  • These are feverish, convulsive years, woven from aborted at-tempts and exalted renewals.
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.

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