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1. Marked by or having the nature of convulsions.
2. Having or producing convulsions.

con·vul′sive·ly adv.
con·vul′sive·ness n.
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(kənˈvʌl sɪv)

1. of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms.
2. producing or accompanied by convulsions.
[1605–15; < Latin]
con•vul′sive•ly, adv.
con•vul′sive•ness, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.convulsive - affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; "convulsive motions"; "his body made a spasmodic jerk"; "spastic movements"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
2.convulsive - resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent; "a convulsive rage"; "convulsive laughter"
violent - acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity; "a violent attack"; "a violent person"; "violent feelings"; "a violent rage"; "felt a violent dislike"
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adjective jerky, violent, sporadic, fitful, spasmodic, paroxysmal Convulsive sobs racked her body.
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مُتَشَنِّج، مُضْطَـرب
katılmaya yol açansarsıcı


[kənˈvʌlsɪv] ADJ [movement] → convulsivo; [laughter] → incontenible
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[kənˈvʌlsɪv] adj [movement, action, sob] → convulsif/ive
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adjkonvulsiv(isch) (spec), → Krampf-; movement alsokrampfhaft; convulsive laughterLachkrämpfe pl
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[kənˈvʌlsɪv] adj (movement, laughter) → convulso/a (Med) → convulsivo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(kənˈvals) verb
to shake violently. convulsed with laughter.
conˈvulsive (-siv) adjective
conˈvulsively adverb
conˈvulsion (-ʃən) noun
(often in plural) a sudden stiffening or jerking of the muscles of the body.
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But it very often happens that owing to the instantaneous, violent, convulsive running of the whale upon receiving the first iron, it becomes impossible for the harpooneer, however lightning-like in his movements, to pitch the second iron into him.
But as the girl timidly accosted him, he gave a convulsive movement and saved his respectability by a vigorous side-step.
Before he reached the spot he heard strange sounds--the sound of a woman laughing and of a woman weeping, and the two which seemed to come from one throat were mingled with the convulsive sobbing of a child.
The unfortunate creature's tongue seemed hardly to have been moistened in it before it gave a convulsive shiver in every limb, and lay as rigid and lifeless as if it had been struck by lightning.
Then with a great coughing, sighing snarl the beast reared up, gave a convulsive leap forward toward its newly discovered enemies, and fell dead in a limp heap, just beyond the native over which it had been crouching before it delivered the death stroke, now never to fall.
The attitude of the four sailors was frightful, distorted as they were by their convulsive movements, whilst making a last effort to free themselves from the cords that bound them to the vessel.
Natasha did not change her position, but her whole body heaved with noiseless, convulsive sobs which choked her.
Mercedes looked pleased and gratified, while Fernand grasped the handle of his knife with a convulsive clutch.
When she came to the touching words, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do," she threw down the book, and, burying her face in the heavy masses of her hair, she sobbed aloud, with a convulsive violence.
Rochester, on hearing the name, set his teeth; he experienced, too, a sort of strong convulsive quiver; near to him as I was, I felt the spasmodic movement of fury or despair run through his frame.
"I knows him!" And, after a few convulsive efforts, the red legs tok the shape of a pair of compasses, and the intelligent pupil triumphantly shouted, "It's a We, Dranpa, it's a We!"
With a convulsive movement of his body, Wing Biddlebaum sprang to his feet and thrust his hands deep into his trousers pockets.