1. [syn: convulsive, spasmodic, spastic]
2. resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent;
- Example: "a convulsive rage"
- Example: "convulsive laughter"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Convulsive \Con*vul"sive\, a. [Cf. F. convulsif.]
Producing, or attended with, convulsions or spasms;
characterized by convulsions; convulsionary.
An irregular, convulsive movement may be necessary to
throw off an irregular, convulsive disease. --Burke.