ab·​duct·​ee | \ ˌab-ˌdək-ˈtē How to pronounce abductee (audio) \

Definition of abductee

: a person who has been abducted

Examples of abductee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five abductees were then allowed to return to Japan. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan’s Abe Considers Joining in Diplomacy With North Korea," 14 June 2018 Over four months, two of the kidnapping ring’s leaders—Ebenezer Johnson and his wife, Sally—marched Scomp and six other abductees hundreds of miles to the Deep South. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, "An Early Case For Reparations," 16 Oct. 2019 Some of the abductees were tortured and dumped by the wayside, while others were never seen again. Washington Post, "Sri Lanka’s feared wartime official now in presidential fray," 11 Aug. 2019 Once migrants get into the vehicle, the drivers take them to an undisclosed location and dial every American number on their abductee’s contact list in an effort to fetch the highest ransom possible. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Asylum seekers targeted by kidnappers, extortionists and traffickers while waiting in Mexico," 29 July 2019 In 1997, the 23-year-old Bourdin pretended to be teenage abductee Nicholas Barclay of San Antonio, Texas, who had been missing for three years. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Pared-down San Diego International Fringe Festival reveals some early gems," 9 June 2019 In addition, more than 3,800 South Koreans have been abducted by North Korea since 1953, according to advocacy groups for the families of South Koreans and Japanese abductees. NBC News, "Japanese citizens simply vanished. North Korea had abducted them. But why?," 11 June 2018 During his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore this month, President Donald Trump expressed hope on behalf of Japan that the North would return the remaining abductees. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Mattis, in Tokyo, Highlights North Korea’s Abduction of Japanese Citizens," 29 June 2018 Takehiro Shimada, a spokesman for Japan's embassy in Washington, said his government's official position is that North Korea should return those 12 abductees. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "Japan's foreign minister seeks U.S. help on abductees in North Korea," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of abductee

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Abductee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abductee. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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