seizure, n. The act or an instance of taking possession of a person or property by legal right or process; esp., in constitutional law, a confiscation or arrest that may interfere with a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy. [Cases: Arrest 68(4); Searches and Seizures 13.

1. C.J.S. Arrest § 45; Searches and Seizures§§ 8, 13, 20, 23, 70, 72.]

constructive seizure. A manifest intent to seize and take possession of another person’s property, usu. either by lawfully acquiring actual custody and control of the property or by posting notice of the property’s pending foreclosure.

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