- 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 clothesMore example sentences
- She helps police investigate murders, abductions, rapes and extortions.
- They were also responsible for hundreds of religious and political abductions and assassinations.
- I have read that stranger abductions are actually on the decline in the past couple of years.
- 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 youngsterMore example sentences
- In some cases of abduction, the abducting parent is mentally unstable and/or a drug abuser.
- The solicitor, guiding delegates around the legal minefield of parental abduction, wants the law amended.
- Removal of a child from a parent without lawful authority may amount to the criminal offence of child abduction.
- 2 Physiology The movement of a limb or other part away from the midline of the body, or from another part. The opposite of adduction (see adduct1).More example sentences
- Typically, the patient presents with the arm held close to the body in abduction and internal rotation.
- Any movement requiring abduction of the arm more than 90 degrees is painful.
- Normal hip range of motion includes abduction, adduction, circumduction, extension, and flexion.
More definitions of abductionDefinition of abduction in:
- The US English dictionary