Definition of abduction in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈdʌkʃn/


[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
More 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 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).
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.

Words that rhyme with abduction

conduction, construction, deduction, destruction, eduction, effluxion, induction, instruction, introduction, misconstruction, obstruction, production, reduction, ruction, seduction, suction, underproduction

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