abduct

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verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb-; sense 2 also ˈab-ˌ\

Definition of abduct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to seize and take away (a person) by force The girl was abducted by kidnappers.

  3. 2 :  to draw or spread away (a part of the body, such as a limb or the fingers) from a position near or parallel to the median axis of the body or from the axis of a limb a muscle that abducts the arm

abductor

play \-ˈdək-tər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of abduct

borrowed from Medieval Latin abdūctus, past participle of abdūcere “to draw (a limb) away from the body,” going back to Latin “to lead away, carry off, remove, entice away,” from ab- ab- + dūcere “to lead” — more at 1tow


ABDUCT Defined for Kids

abduct

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verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt\

Definition of abduct for Students

abducted

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abducting

  1. :  to take a person away by force :  kidnap

abduction

\ab-ˈdək-shən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

abduct

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transitive verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb- also ˈab-ˌ\

Medical Definition of abduct

  1. :  to draw away (as a limb) from a position near or parallel to the median axis of the body the peroneus longus extends, abducts, and everts the foot—C. R. Bardeen; also :  to move (similar parts) apart abduct adjoining fingers

abduction

\ab-ˈdək-shən, əb-\play noun

Law Dictionary

abduct

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transitive verb ab·duct \ab-ˈdəkt, əb-\

Legal Definition of abduct

  1. :  to carry or lead (a person) away by threat or use of force or often by fraud; also :  to restrain or conceal (a person) for the purpose of preventing escape or rescue — see also kidnapping

abductor

\-ˈdək-tər\ play noun


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