Definition of abduction in English:

abduction

noun

  • 1The action of forcibly taking someone away against their will:

    ‘they organized the abduction of Mr Cordes on his way to the airport’
    [count noun] ‘abductions by armed men in plain clothes’
    • ‘She helps police investigate murders, abductions, rapes and extortions.’
    • ‘The actual number of such abductions by strangers turned out to be 200 to 300 a year.’
    • ‘The abductions give militants the high-profile publicity they seek to show they are still a force to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘All have denied involvement in the abduction of the 54 -year-old father of three.’
    • ‘On some occasions, reports of sexual assaults or abductions given to the police were simply lost.’
    • ‘A special law was enacted to make such abductions a capital offence, punishable by hanging.’
    • ‘We've also heard of several more abductions and now assassinations.’
    • ‘It would be a rewarding research project to try to chart this out, most especially in the area of UFOs, alien abductions, and the like.’
    • ‘Sectarian tensions had already been running high, and the abductions threaten to provoke armed conflict.’
    • ‘Child abduction is a rare enough crime and for two children to be taken by someone they don't know without signs of a struggle is stranger still.’
    • ‘Unlike political or terrorist acts, criminal abductions were found to largely occur without any accomplices.’
    • ‘Four men are expected to appear in the magistrate's court on Tuesday in connection with the rape and abduction of a British tourist.’
    • ‘I have read that stranger abductions are actually on the decline in the past couple of years.’
    • ‘Everywhere you look and in everything you read you hear about child abductions and murders.’
    • ‘The abduction happened outside the pub, when the girls were led to a nearby car, Basildon Crown Court heard.’
    • ‘They were also responsible for hundreds of religious and political abductions and assassinations.’
    • ‘In America, the current wave of reports of alien abduction bears a strong resemblance to out of body experiences.’
    • ‘He still wonders if the two abductions were connected in some way.’
    • ‘The scene is still one of bewilderment and fear as reports of abductions and murder grab the headlines.’
    • ‘And actually, the statistics show that the number of child abductions has not gone up.’
    kidnapping, kidnap, abduction, hostage-taking
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    1. 1.1 (in legal use) the illegal removal of a child from its parents or guardians:
      ‘the man is also accused of the attempted abduction of another youngster’
      • ‘In some cases of abduction, the abducting parent is mentally unstable and/or a drug abuser.’
      • ‘Removal of a child from a parent without lawful authority may amount to the criminal offence of child abduction.’
      • ‘Karen's abduction by her parents is no less characteristic of a particular conception of family, and the law of the father.’
      • ‘The solicitor, guiding delegates around the legal minefield of parental abduction, wants the law amended.’
      • ‘In 2002, her mother was charged with abduction and a court order banned her from taking the youngster out of the country.’
  • 2Physiology
    The movement of a limb or other part away from the midline of the body, or from another part.

    The opposite of adduction (see adduct)
    • ‘Normal hip range of motion includes abduction, adduction, circumduction, extension, and flexion.’
    • ‘Adduction is a more extensive movement than abduction because abduction is limited by the lateral side of the radius.’
    • ‘Shoulder-joint abduction is an important action in all sports that require you to raise your arms or reach up.’
    • ‘Any movement requiring abduction of the arm more than 90 degrees is painful.’
    • ‘Follow-up examination at 1 week after injury revealed gross weakness in external rotation and abduction.’
    • ‘Typically, the patient presents with the arm held close to the body in abduction and internal rotation.’

Pronunciation:

abduction

/əbˈdʌkʃn/