abduction

noun
ab·​duc·​tion | \ ab-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce abduction (audio) , əb- \

Definition of abduction

1 : the action of abducting : the condition of being abducted
2 archaic : the unlawful carrying away of a woman for marriage or sexual intercourse

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Examples of abduction in a Sentence

discredited reports of abductions by aliens
Recent Examples on the Web In a letter sent through their lawyer, relatives of Bashir Mohamed Mohamud, 36, question the behavior of police after Mohamud disappeared in an apparent abduction and call for a separate investigation to run concurrently with that of the police. Tom Odula, ajc, 29 May 2021 In a letter sent through their lawyer, relatives of Bashir Mohamed Mohamud, 36, question the behavior of police after Mohamud disappeared in an apparent abduction and call for a separate investigation to run concurrently with that of the police. Tom Odula, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 Second-degree kidnapping, a Class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, is an abduction. al, 28 May 2021 The task force tries to stop an abduction by searching for a man who facilitates transactions between warring criminal factions. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 The abduction is captured on surveillance video at a car wash. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 Penaloza was arrested after police determined that the abduction was a hoax. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2021 Court documents allege the abduction devolved into homicide after the kidnappers brought Solorio-Romero to a West Valley City apartment — Carolina Marquez’s home — and questioned her. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 But the latest abduction shows the spread and scale of the problem. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of abduction

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abduction

borrowed from Late Latin abdūctiōn-, abdūctiō "withdrawal, removal, allurement," from Latin abdūcere "to lead away" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at abduct

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The first known use of abduction was in 1632

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11 Jun 2021

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“Abduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abduction. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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abduction

noun
ab·​duc·​tion | \ ab-ˈdək-shən, əb- How to pronounce abduction (audio) \

Legal Definition of abduction

1a : the action of abducting abduction of a robbery victim
b : the tort or felony of abducting a person
2 : the unlawful carrying away of a wife or female child or ward for the purpose of marriage or sexual intercourse

Note: Sense 2 has its roots in common law. As statutorily defined, mainly in the nineteenth century, abduction was generally stated to include taking away or detention of a woman under a certain age, usually 16 or 18, with or without her consent or knowledge of her age.

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