- The definition of abduct is to illegally take away a person by using force or coercion.
An example of abduct is to take a rich person’s child for ransom.
abduct definition by Webster's New World
- to take (a person) away unlawfully and by force or fraud; kidnap
- Physiol. to pull (a part of the body) away from the median axis: said of a muscle
Origin: ; from Classical Latin abductus, past participle of abducere, to lead away ; from ab-, away plush ducere, to lead: see duct
- abductor noun
abduct definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
- To carry off by force; kidnap.
- Physiology To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
Origin: Latin abdūcere, abduct- : ab-, away; see ab-1 + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- ab·duct·eeˈ noun
- ab·ducˈtion noun
abduct - Legal Definition
- To carry or lead a person away from where he wants to be or wants to go by use of force, threats, or deception.
- To restrain or conceal a person in order to prevent his escape or rescue. See also kidnapping.
abduct - Medical Definition
- abduction noun