Definition of asportation in English:

asportation

noun

mass nounEnglish Law
rare
  • The detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, formerly an essential component of the crime of larceny.

    • ‘Secret confinement creates an alternative to the asportation element of kidnapping.’
    • ‘Historically, the asportation requirement has caused few problems.’
    • ‘This instruction does not cover the defendant's theory, which is that he had no knowledge of the theft of the car until after the asportation had ceased.’
    • ‘Two cases seem possibly to indicate that kidnapping for extortion is established by proof of an unlawful confinement and asportation without proof of a specific intent.’
    • ‘There are two main components of larceny: trespassing and asportation.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin asportatio(n-), from asportare ‘carry away’.

Pronunciation

asportation

/aspɔːˈteɪʃ(ə)n/