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
EtymologyFrom abductio < abduco. Compare French lang=fr.
- rfdate make this into proper citation The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. — Roget
- In the context of "physiology": The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
- The wrongful, and
usually the forcible,
carrying off of a human being.
- the abduction of a child
- the abduction of an heiress
- 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.
- 2005, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson, Lutz Marten, The Dynamics of Language, an Introduction, p. 256
- The process of inference to the best explanation; abductive reasoning.
- In the context of "education": The process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity through the use of metaphor.
act of abducing or abducting
physiology: movement separating limb from axis
law: carrying off of a human being
- Dutch: abductie
- Italian: abduzione
- Spanish: abducción
computing: process of inference
education: process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity
Translations to be checked
- Webster 1913}}
Abduction may refer to:
- Kidnapping, as a
near synonym in criminal law, but sometimes used particularly in
cases involving a woman or child
- Bride kidnapping
- Child abduction, the abduction or kidnapping of a young child (or baby) by an older person
- North Korean abductions of Japanese or North Korean abductions of South Koreans, a policy of abduction during the 1970s and 1980s pursued by the North Korean government
- Abduction phenomenon ("alien abduction"), an umbrella term used to describe a number of hypotheses, claims or assertions stating that extraterrestrial creatures kidnap individuals
- Abduction (physiology), a type of movement involving a change in organ or limb position
- Abductive reasoning, a method of reasoning in logic
- Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story, a 2005 American documentary film
- Abduction (novel), a 2000 novel by novelist Robin Cook
- Abducted (album), an album by death metal band Hypocrisy
- Abduction (novel), a 2002 short story by Shelagh Delaney
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
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