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abduction1

[ab-duhk-shuh n] /æbˈdʌk ʃən/
noun
1.
act of abducting.
2.
the state of being abducted.
3.
Law. the illegal carrying or enticing away of a person, especially by interfering with a relationship, as the taking of a child from its parent.
Origin of abduction1
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; abduct + -ion

abduction2

[ab-duhk-shuh n] /æbˈdʌk ʃən/
noun, Logic.
1.
a syllogism whose major premise is certain but whose minor premise is probable.
Origin
First recorded in 1690-1700, abduction is from the New Latin word abductiōn- (stem of abductiō; translation of Greek apagōgḗ). See abduct, -ion
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  • It was more like abduction complicated with assault and battery.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • And were you a party to the abduction of this innocent creature?

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • No Venusian had ever been in those rooms before the abduction.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
  • It should be the same in cases of abduction of female minors.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Go back to school, Sir John, to learn that abduction is not piracy.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for abduction

abduction

/æbˈdʌkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of taking someone away by force or cunning; kidnapping
2.
the action of certain muscles in pulling a leg, arm, etc away from the median axis of the body
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Word Origin and History for abduction
n.

1620s, "a leading away," from Latin abductionem (nominative abductio), noun of action from past participle stem of abducere "to lead away, take away" (often by force), from ab- "away" (see ab-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). The illegal activity so called from 1768; before that the word also was a term in surgery and logic. In the Mercian hymns, Latin abductione is glossed by Old English wiðlaednisse.

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