abduction[ab duk′s̸hən, əb-]
- The definition of abduction is the act or process of illegally taking away a person by using force or coercion.
An example of abduction is a criminal driving away with a rich person's child tied up in the back seat.
- an abducting or being abducted
- Law the carrying off of a person by force or fraud; esp., the kidnapping of a woman for marriage, prostitution, etc.
- an abducting of a part of the body
- the changed position resulting from this
Origin of abductionLate Latin abductio: see abduct
- Leading away; a carrying away. [Early 17th century.]
- (physiology) The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; the movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body. [Mid 17th century.]
- (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. [Late 17th century.]
- The wrongful, and usually forcible, carrying off of a human being. [Mid 18th century.]
- the abduction of a child
- In Gregg shorthand (version: Centennial, Series 90, DJS, Simplified, Anniversary, Pre-Anniversary) the word is represented: a - b - d - u - k - sh