Definition of abduction in English:

abduction

Line breaks: ab|duc¦tion
Pronunciation: /əbˈdʌkʃn
 
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noun

[mass 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
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    • 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 youngster
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    • 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).
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    • 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.

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