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nounmass nounEnglish Law
The detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, formerly an essential component of the crime of larceny.
- ‘There are two main components of larceny: trespassing and asportation.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Secret confinement creates an alternative to the asportation element of kidnapping.’
Late 15th century: from Latin asportatio(n-), from asportare ‘carry away’.
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