A seizure is the act of taking by legal process or force, such as the seizure of evidence found at the scene of a crime.

A seizure is the act of seizing — a forceful action in which an object or person is suddenly taken over, grabbed, removed, or overwhelmed. It's not something you want to happen. Criminals may think the seizure of a wealthy person can bring them a fortune in ransom money. Another kind of seizure is the kind caused by a misfire of electrons in the brain, causing a loss of control of the body. It too is an unwanted taking over by force.

Definitions of seizure
  1. noun
    the taking possession of something by legal process
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    arrogation, confiscation
    seizure by the government
    distraint, distress
    the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
    impounding, impoundment, internment, poundage
    placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
    impress, impressment
    the act of coercing someone into government service
    a legal seizure by the government of profits beyond a fixed amount
    taking out of an owner's hands (especially taking property by public authority)
    drug bust, drugs bust
    seizure of illegal drugs by the police
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    a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
  2. noun
    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
    synonyms: capture, gaining control
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    wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority)
    apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody
    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
    conquering, conquest, subjection, subjugation
    the act of conquering
    the act of making slaves of your captives
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    acquiring, getting
    the act of acquiring something
  3. noun
    the act of taking a person by force
    synonyms: capture
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    the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member
    kidnapping, snatch
    (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
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    a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
  4. noun
    a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease, often characterized spasms or convulsions
    “he suffered an epileptic seizure
    synonyms: ictus, raptus
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    violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles
    focal seizure
    transitory disturbance in motor or sensory function resulting from abnormal cortical activity
    raptus hemorrhagicus
    seizure caused by a sudden profuse hemorrhage
    absence, absence seizure
    the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy
    convulsion characterized by alternating contractions and relaxations
    epileptic seizure
    convulsions accompanied by impaired consciousness
    complex absence
    an absence seizure accompanied by other abnormalities (atonia or automatisms or vasomotor changes)
    pure absence, simple absence
    an absence seizure without other complications; followed by 3-per-sec brainwave spikes
    subclinical absence
    a transient impairment of cortical function demonstrable only by 3-per-second brainwave spikes
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    a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
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