[ab-duhk-shuh n]


act of abducting.
the state of being abducted.
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 abduction

First recorded in 1620–30; abduct + -ion


[ab-duhk-shuh n]

noun Logic.

a syllogism whose major premise is certain but whose minor premise is probable.

Origin of abduction

First recorded in 1690–1700, abduction is from the New Latin word abductiōn- (stem of abductiō; translation of Greek apagōgḗ). See abduct, -ion
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for abduction

seizure, kidnapping, theft, rape, appropriation

Examples from the Web for abduction

Contemporary Examples of abduction

Historical Examples of abduction

  • 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?


    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.

  • Go back to school, Sir John, to learn that abduction is not piracy.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for abduction



the act of taking someone away by force or cunning; kidnapping
the action of certain muscles in pulling a leg, arm, etc away from the median axis of the body
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for abduction

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper