ab·​duct·​ee | \ ˌab-ˌdək-ˈtē \

Definition of abductee

: a person who has been abducted

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Japanese abductees, reportedly, were used to train North Korean spies in the Japanese language. NBC News, "Ahead of Trump-Kim talks, South Koreans fear their prisoners will be forgotten," 13 May 2018 Tokyo claims the North has not been fully transparent about the fate of the abductees and whether any are still alive. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "While making nice with US and Seoul, North Korea slams Japan," 23 July 2018 Tokyo claims the North has not been fully transparent about the fate of the abductees and whether any are still alive. Eric Talmadge, The Seattle Times, "While making nice with US and South, North Korea slams Japan," 23 July 2018 At the time, Boko Haram warned that the other abductees would be killed in one month if its demands were not met. Amanda Erickson, The Seattle Times, "At least one kidnapped aid worker in Nigeria has been killed by Boko Haram," 15 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of abductee

1832, in the meaning defined above

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