abduct[ab dukt′, əb-]
- 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.
- 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 of abduct; from Classical Latin abductus, past participle of abducere, to lead away ; from ab-, away + ducere, to lead: see duct
transitive verbab·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 of abductLatin abdūcere, abduct- : ab-, away; see ab–1 + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present abducts, present participle abducting, simple past and past participle abducted)
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.