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abduction

Legal Definition of abduction

Noun

  1. To take someone away from a place without that person's consent or by fraud. (see also kidnap)

Definition of abduction

Etymology

  • From Latin abductiō ("robbing; abduction"), from abdūcō ("take or lead away").

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA: /ębˈdʌk.ʃən/

Noun

abduction (plural b>abductions)

  1. The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. - Roget
  2. (physiology) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
  3. (law) The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being.
    • the abduction of a child
    • the abduction of an heiress
  4. (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.
    • 2005, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson, Lutz Marten, The Dynamics of Language, an Introduction, p. 256

      The significance of such a step is that it is not morphologically triggered: it is a step of abduction, and what is required here is a meta-level process of reasoning.
  5. (computing) The process of inference to the best explanation; abductive reasoning.
  6. (education) The process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity through the use of metaphor.
  7. Determining the best or most plausible of many possible explanations for a set of facts.

Synonyms

  • (legal, carrying off of human being): kidnapping
  • (logic): retroduction
  • (determining most plausible explanation): retroduction

Derived terms

Related terms

  • abduce

References:

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Translation of abduction in Malay

  1. penculikan



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