noun — [ mass noun] 1. the 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.
2. (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.
[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).