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 DeAngelo admitted guilt to 13 murders, 13 charges of kidnapping for purposes of robbery — the only crimes he is charged with — as well as some 62 other crimes of rape and abduction for which the statutes of limitations long ago expired. Anchorage Daily News, "Golden State Killer pleads guilty to murders and other crimes that terrorized California," 30 June 2020 Any parent returning home to find his child missing without explanation would be justified in calling the police to report an abduction. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Child is caught in toxic family crossfire," 26 June 2020 Any parent returning home to find his child missing without explanation would be justified in calling the police to report an abduction. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Child is caught in toxic family crossfire," 26 June 2020 Any parent returning home to find his child missing without explanation would be justified in calling the police to report an abduction. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Child caught in crossfire of toxic family relationships," 26 June 2020 According to the report, Donny Salyers, 43; Dennis Salyers, 26; Farrah Salyers, 42; and Christopher Sharp, 57 are all facing charges of felony abduction, assault by mob and assault-hate crime. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "5 Charged With Hate Crime In Attack Of Black Pastor In Virginia," 16 June 2020 Farrah Salyers, 42, was charged with felony abduction, assault-hate crime, and assault by mob. Rebekah Riess And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Charges dropped against black pastor who was assaulted; now 5 people are charged with hate crimes," 16 June 2020 The last federal inmate put death in 2003 was Louis Jones Jr., who was convicted of the 1995 abduction, rape and murder of 19-year-old U.S. Army Pvt. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "Federal executions to resume next month at Terre Haute prison," 16 June 2020 The group is perhaps most well-known for its 2014 abduction of 276 schoolgirls. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Children and women were not spared': Boko Haram kills at least 81 in hourslong attack on Nigerian village," 10 June 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Abduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abduction. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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