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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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  • The whole creature heaved and pulsated convulsively.
  • Maggie pressed her fingers together almost convulsively as she held them clasped on her lap.
  • But their words made her sob harder and even convulsively.
  • He sobbed convulsively and hyperventilated before many of his intimates, saying that his destroyers had finally succeeded.
  • The goddess's foot shook convulsively as, in her sleep, she suffered over the quarrel.
  • Their mouths would open wide and the area about the operculum and abdomen would contract slightly and convulsively.
  • The poor beast bellowed with fright and struggled convulsively when he found himself swiftly jerked off his feet into space.
Word Origin and History for convulsively



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

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convulsively 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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