noun[mass noun] English 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.
- 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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