from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A carrying away or off.
  • noun In criminal law, the felonious removal of goods from the place where they were deposited. It may be theft, though the goods be not carried from the house or apartment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) The felonious removal of goods from the place where they were deposited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law The felonious movement of goods


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  • That ` s called asportation, and that ` s what we have here, right, Greg Skordas?

    CNN Transcript Jul 11, 2006

  • I think it's more properly what's called if you believe that's what happened, it's a false imprisonment, where you've said I've got you here, because kidnapping generally requires some movement, that you've got to -- "asportation" is the legal term.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2007

  • GRACE: In kidnapping, there has to be an element called "asportation," which is movement, like I put you in my car and drive you away, or it could be as simply as a few inches of forced movement.

    CNN Transcript Sep 17, 2007

  • In DC, for example, asportation is not a requierd element of kidnapping.

    Physical assault, head shaving, a chocolate with a liver center...

  • It ` s my understanding, and I ` ve got the Nevada statute right here, kidnapping does include carrying away a person, but that would include even the smallest asportation of pushing them up against a wall.

    CNN Transcript Sep 18, 2007

  • Why is it that the father and the mother are not charged with kidnapping, in that they forced the child, they moved him, that ` s asportation (ph) under kidnapping, and forced him into this little dog cage?

    CNN Transcript May 3, 2007

  • GRACE: And you know that under kidnapping, you can move someone an inch and that qualifies under asportation.

    CNN Transcript May 3, 2007

  • And then you ` ve got -- a capital case is going to where you ` ve got a child, kidnapping, asportation (ph) of the body ...

    CNN Transcript Dec 19, 2005

  • Indeed, short of getting it upon a trolley or taking 'the steering' down, its asportation could not be compassed.

    Jonah and Co.

  • The theft of slaves is a crime; they are a subject-matter of felonious asportation.

    On Resigning from the Senate


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  • JM is transported by a disreputable asportation mob masquerading as a political party.

    July 25, 2010

  • The skid row crook soon comes to grief;

    His course to shame and jail is brief.

    But the mortifications

    Of mere asportations

    Are spared the grander Wall Street thief.

    January 19, 2015