Definition of asportation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaspərˈtāSH(ə)n/


Law , rare
The detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, considered an essential component of the crime of larceny.
Example sentences
  • 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 asportation-, from asportare 'carry away'.

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Syllabification: as·por·ta·tion

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