AskDefine | Define abduction

Dictionary Definition

abduction

Noun

1 the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
2 (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From abductio < abduco. Compare French lang=fr.

Noun

  1. rfdate make this into proper citation The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. — Roget
  2. In the context of "physiology": The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
  3. The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being.
    • the abduction of a child
    • the abduction of an heiress
  4. A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.
    • 2005, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson, Lutz Marten, The Dynamics of Language, an Introduction, p. 256
      The significance of such a step is that it is not morphologically triggered: it is a step of abduction, and what is required here is a meta-level process of reasoning.
  5. The process of inference to the best explanation; abductive reasoning.
  6. In the context of "education": The process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity through the use of metaphor.

Synonyms

Translations

act of abducing or abducting
  • German: Entführung
  • Italian: rapimento
  • Japanese: 誘拐 (yūkai)
  • Norwegian: bortføring
  • Portuguese: qualifier Brazil abdução, qualifier Portugal abducção
physiology: movement separating limb from axis
  • French: abduction
  • German: Abduktion
  • Italian: abduzione
  • Norwegian: abduksjon
  • Portuguese: qualifier Brazil abdução, qualifier Portugal abducção
  • Spanish: abducción
law: carrying off of a human being
  • Dutch: ontvoering, kidnapping
  • French: rapt, enlèvement
  • German: Entführung
  • Italian: rapimento
  • Japanese: 誘拐 (yūkai)
  • Norwegian: bortføring, kidnapping
  • Portuguese: rapto, abdução, qualifier Brazil seqüestro, qualifier Portugal abducção
  • Slovene: ugrabitev
  • Spanish: rapto
logic: syllogism
  • Dutch: abductie
  • Italian: abduzione
  • Spanish: abducción
computing: process of inference
  • Dutch: abductie
  • French: abduction
  • Portuguese: qualifier Brazil abdução, qualifier Portugal abducção
education: process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity
Translations to be checked

Derived terms

Shorthand

Gregg

References

  • Webster 1913}}

French

Noun

Extensive Definition

Abduction may refer to:
abduction in Spanish: Abducción
abduction in French: Abduction
abduction in Portuguese: Abdução
abduction in Russian: Абдукция
abduction in Slovak: Abdukcia
abduction in Finnish: Abduktio
abduction in Tagalog: Abduksyon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

apprehension, arrest, arrestation, capture, catch, catching, collaring, coup, crimping, dragnet, forcible seizure, grab, grabbing, hold, impressment, kidnapping, nabbing, picking up, power grab, prehension, running in, seizure, seizure of power, shanghaiing, snatch, snatching, taking in, taking into custody
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1