from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away.
- n. The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
- n. The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being.
- n. A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abducing or abducting.
- n. In logic, a syllogism of which the major premise is evident or known, while the minor, though not evident, is as credible as or more credible than the conclusion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
- n. (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body
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The term abduction is also sometimes used to just mean the generation of hypotheses to explain observations or conclusions, but the former definition is more common both in philosophy and computing.
The word abduction brought a blink and a deep swallow.
But before long, doubts arise about the couples story, and as forensic details unfold, the abduction is exposed as a hoax.
“One of the most psychologically devastating aspects of family abduction is the sudden, unexpected rupture,” Liss Haviv, the executive director of Take Root, an organization composed of formerly abducted children, explained to me recently.
There has been an increase in abduction, forced marriage, and forcible conversion by extremists in rural areas.
The Creature watches young William (who enters at the end of the Fritz-Ninon scene) now tease Fritz and engage him in a game of ball-throwing that concludes with the Creature's abduction from the stage of the young boy, who will die offstage.
And abduction is rare, but assorted “interference” — disturbingly common.
Believers in abduction by aliens like to think jinn are aliens; some of the more confrontational Muslim clerics dismiss claimed apparations of the Virgin Mary as the work of jinn.
A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death.
Later on, Charles Sanders Peirce and others went further still and admitted also what he sometimes called abduction '-- something like the relationship between a scientific theory and the evidence on which it is based.