abduction

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[ ab-duhk-shuhn ]
/ æbˈdʌk ʃən /

noun

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.

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Origin of abduction

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First recorded in 1620–30; abduct + -ion

Definition for abduction (2 of 2)

abduction2
[ ab-duhk-shuhn ]
/ æbˈdʌk ʃən /

noun Logic.

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

Origin of abduction

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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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British Dictionary definitions for abduction

abduction
/ (æbˈdʌkʃən) /

noun

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
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