abductor

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[ab-duhk-ter]
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noun

a person who abducts.

Origin of abductor

1
First recorded in 1840–50; abduct + -or2

abductor

2
[ab-duhk-ter]

noun

any muscle that abducts (opposed to adductor).

Origin of abductor

2
From New Latin, dating back to 1605–15; see origin at abduce, -tor
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Examples from the Web for abductor

Contemporary Examples of abductor

  • Richard Ben Cramer explores the abduction of Olympic athlete Kari Swenson and the indefatigable sheriff who hunted her abductor.

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    The Ballad of Johnny France

    Richard Ben Cramer

    January 12, 2014

  • Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive for 18 years in a squalid series of tents by her abductor, who fathered her two children.

  • Her parents tell Evie Salomon how they picture her abductor—if he exists at all.

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    Vanished From Her College Campus

    Evie M. Salomon

    September 24, 2011

  • In the nearly four months since then, her parents have only grown more haunted by the specter of her abductor.

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    Vanished From Her College Campus

    Evie M. Salomon

    September 24, 2011

Historical Examples of abductor

  • The little girl was very slender, yet her abductor staggered as he walked.

    Madge Morton's Victory

    Amy D.V. Chalmers

  • He overtook my abductor in the forest, and, though unarmed, at once attacked him.

  • Of themselves they knew they could not let or hinder the abductor in its flight.

    The Castaways

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • The other abductor scrambled forward to get out of his reach.

  • He wanted to call the police and have them lock up the abductor of his daughter.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann


abductor in Medicine

abductor

[ăb-dŭktər]

n.

A muscle that draws a body part, such as a finger, arm, or toe, away from the midline of the body or of an extremity.
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abductor in Science

abductor

[ăb-dŭktər]

A muscle that draws a limb or part of a limb away from the midline of the body. Compare adductor.
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