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abduction

abduction ab-dək-shən, əb- n 1 a
:the action of abducting ⁓ of a robbery victim
b
:the tort or felony of abducting a person
2
:the unlawful carrying away of a wife or female child or ward for the purpose of marriage or sexual intercourse Sense 2 has its roots in common law. As statutorily defined, mainly in the nineteenth century, abduction was generally stated to include taking away or detention of a woman under a certain age, usu. 16 or 18, with or without her consent or knowledge of her age.