Examples of abduction in a sentence
discredited reports of abductions by aliens
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
First Known Use: 1632
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
Additional Notes on abduction
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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