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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.
  • n.

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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