kidnapping

noun
kid·​nap·​ping
variants: or kidnaping

Legal Definition of kidnapping

: an act or instance or the crime of seizing, confining, inveigling, abducting, or carrying away a person by force or fraud often with a demand for ransom or in furtherance of another crime

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