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

Definition of asportation in English:


[mass noun] English Law , rare
The detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, formerly 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 asportatio(n-), from asportare 'carry away'.

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