From the Latin word convulsīvus, dating back to 1605–15. See convulse, -ive (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Convulsive
- of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms.
- producing or accompanied by
- Characterized by or having the nature of convulsions.
- Having or producing convulsions.
- Producing or consisting of convulsions.
- : constituting or producing a convulsion
- : caused by or affected with convulsions
- : resembling a convulsion in being violent, sudden, frantic, or spasmodic convulsive laughter
Example sentences for Convulsive
- In the throes of its convulsive Cultural Revolution, with exactly one ambassador permitted overseas, Beijing was totally isolated.
- Richard Nixon won big in 1972, for instance, at a time of deep and convulsive national unhappiness.
- The sixth was small and dark, with nervous, convulsive movements.
- I caught sight of the convulsive clasp with which she drew to her breast the tiny bundle she held; then darkness fell again.
- Hayward bowed his head, while a convulsive tremor shook his frame.
- There was a groan—a smothered cry—a wild and convulsive movement among the sleeping Indians; and all again was silent.
- McCarthy, proud as the Old Guard, sat smoking on; only one leg was drawn up under the other in a tense, convulsive way.
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