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abduction

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noun ab·duc·tion \ab-ˈdək-shən, əb-\

Definition of abduction

  1. 1 :  the action of abducting :  the condition of being abducted

  2. 2 :  the unlawful carrying away of a woman for marriage or intercourse



Examples of abduction in a sentence

  1. <discredited reports of abductions by aliens>



1666

First Known Use of abduction

1666


Law Dictionary

abduction

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noun ab·duc·tion \ab-ˈdək-shən, əb-\

Legal Definition of abduction

  1. 1a :  the action of abducting <abduction of a robbery victim> b :  the tort or felony of abducting a person

  2. 2 :  the unlawful carrying away of a wife or female child or ward for the purpose of marriage or sexual intercourse



Additional Notes on abduction

Sense 2 has its roots in common law. As statutorily defined, mainly in the nineteenth century, abduction was generally stated to include taking away or detention of a woman under a certain age, usually 16 or 18, with or without her consent or knowledge of her age.



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