abduction /əbˈdʌkʃn/


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).

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