Definition of Abduction

1. Noun. 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.

Generic synonyms: Capture, Seizure
Derivative terms: Abduct

2. Noun. (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body.
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Category relationships: Physiology
Derivative terms: Abduct

Definition of Abduction

1. n. The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away.

Definition of Abduction

1. Noun. (context: physiology) The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away; the movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.(rfex) ¹

2. Noun. (legal) The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being. ¹

3. Noun. (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. ¹

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Definition of Abduction

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Abduction

1. Movement of the limbs toward the lateral plane or away from the body. (11 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Abduction

abducens muscle
abducens nerve
abducens nucleus
abducens oculi
abducent nerve
abduction (current term)
abductive reasoning
abductor digiti minimi muscle of foot
abductor digiti minimi muscle of hand
abductor hallucis
abductor muscle
abductor muscle of great toe
abductor muscle of little finger
abductor muscle of little toe
abductor oculi
abductor pollicis brevis

Literary usage of Abduction

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Hannah Corcoran: An Authentic Narrative of Her Conversion from Romanism, Her Thomas Ford Caldicott by Thomas Ford Caldicott (1853)
"... nah abridgment catholics depot agassiz abduction keenan carter baptized priest concordance fosdick saviour protestants inquired baptism extorted sexton ..."

2. The Encyclopædia of Pleading and Practice: Under the Codes and Practice Acts by William Mark McKinney, Thomas Johnson Michie (1903)
"77, in which CHSC the defendant was indicted for ihe abduction of a girl " for the ... Necessity to Define Separately abduction for Purpose of Marriage and ..."

3. Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting by American Ophthalmological Society (1890)
"Esophoria 2° to 3°; exophoria in accommodation 2° to 3°; abduction 2"; ... Esophoria i° to 2° ; abduction 2 ; adduction 21"; tenotomy of rig/it intermix, ..."

4. Institutes of Common and Statute Law by John Barbee Minor (1878)
"The abduction of a Child or Ward. There has never been made any doubt that the abduction of a ward from his guardian is an injury remediable by law; ..."

5. Commentaries on the Law of Statutory Crimes: Including the Written Laws and by Joel Prentiss Bishop (1901)
"The wrong meant by the word "abduction," without the adjective, "may either be by fraud and persuasion, or open violence." ' Hence, with entire propriety, ..."

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