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From Latin abductus, perfect passive participle of abduco (to lead away), from ab (away) + duco (to lead)[1].



abduct (third-person singular simple present abducts, present participle abducting, simple past and past participle abducted)

  1. (transitive) To take away by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually with violence or deception; to kidnap. [Early 17th century.][3]
    • 1904, Jules Verne, chapter 16, in The Master of the World[1]:
      That same night he had by force abducted the president and the secretary of the club, and had taken them, much against their will upon a voyage in the wonderful air-ship, the “Albatross,” which he had constructed.
  2. (transitive, physiology) To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position; to move similar parts apart. [Early 17th century.][3]


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  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 2
  2. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas, Clayton L., editor (1940) Taber's Encyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 5th edition, Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company, ISBN 0-8036-8313-8, published 1993, pages 1