Definition of asportation in English:


Line breaks: as¦port|ation
Pronunciation: /aspɔːˈteɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun] English Law , • rare
  • The detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, formerly an essential component of the crime of larceny.
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    • Secret confinement creates an alternative to the asportation element of kidnapping.
    • 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.


late 15th century: from Latin asportatio(n-), from asportare 'carry away'.

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