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

Definition of abductee

: a person who has been abducted

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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 Japanese leaders say that account, along with the release of any living abductees, remains a priority. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan’s Abe Considers Joining in Diplomacy With North Korea," 14 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of abductee

1832, in the meaning defined above

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