What does the word convulsive mean?

  • Convulsivus, Spasmodes, Agitatorius, ( F.) Convulsif. That which is accompanied by, or is analogous to, convulsions, as convulsive cough, convulsive disease.

  • Attended with convulsions or spasms

  • Relating to convulsions; marked by or producing convulsions.

Usage examples for convulsive

  1. For many days, nay, for weeks, he was forbidden to see Sylvia, as the very sound of his footstep brought on a recurrence of the fever and convulsive movement. – Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  2. With a convulsive effort she gained control of herself, and as Dan's hand dropped to his side she looked at him with a quivering smile. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
  3. Velo opened his eyes, felt the lap of the waves round his shoulders, and gave a convulsive leap out of the sea. – Shelled by an Unseen Foe by James Fiske

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