abduction

noun ab·duc·tion \ ab-ˈdək-shən , əb- \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of abduction

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

Examples of abduction in a Sentence

  1. discredited reports of abductions by aliens

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Origin and Etymology of 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

abduction Synonyms

Synonyms
hijacking (also highjacking), kidnapping (also kidnaping), rape, snatch [slang]
Related Words
impressment, seizure, shanghaiing

Law Dictionary

abduction

noun ab·duc·tion \ ab-ˈdək-shən, əb- \

legal Definition of abduction

1 a : 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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