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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.

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