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

n 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

n the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

capture, gaining control
Norman Conquest
the invasion and settlement of England by the Normans following the battle of Hastings (1066)
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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

n the act of taking of a person by force

the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
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)

n a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease, often characterized spasms or convulsions

“he suffered an epileptic seizure
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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