ab·duct·ee | \ˌab-ˌdək-ˈtē \

Definition of abductee 

: a person who has been abducted

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In another reassurance to Japan, Mr. Hagerty said the U.S. would keep the issue of Japanese abductees on the agenda for its talks with North Korea. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "SoftBank’s Son: Still Weighing Options on Sale of Flipkart Stake," 15 May 2018 After all, the mechanics of the scene boil down to Mrs. Waterford, who has abducted June and forcibly held her down while Mr. Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) raped their abductee, calling for a child, who is, in this case, June’s unborn baby. refinery29.com, "A Handmaid's Tale Star Takes Us Inside That Cringeworthy Baby Shower," 9 May 2018 Abe, for his part, pushed Trump to raise with Kim the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea. Zeke Miller, Washington Post, "Trump plays down need for preparation for Kim summit," 8 June 2018 The Japanese government, however, has maintained that DNA testing showed that the remains did not in fact belong to the deceased abductees. NBC News, "Japanese citizens simply vanished. North Korea had abducted them. But why?," 11 June 2018 After five abductees were returned in the early 2000s, Tokyo has sought the repatriation of at least 12 more. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Mattis, in Tokyo, Highlights North Korea’s Abduction of Japanese Citizens," 29 June 2018 About 12 such abductees are believed to remain in North Korea, U.S. officials said. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "Mattis seeks to allay Japanese concerns in North Korea denuclearization effort," 29 June 2018 Some of those girls were released years later, but thousands of other abductees who didn't make the headlines remain missing. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "What is Boko Haram, the militant group terrorizing Nigeria?," 19 June 2018 Abe has sought to strengthen ties with Trump in a bid to ensure that his concerns about the abductees and about mid- and short-range missiles that threaten Japan and not the U.S. are addressed. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, "North Korean State Media Assails Japan for Emphasis on Abductees," 13 May 2018

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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