From Latin abductus, perfect passive participle of abduco (“to lead away”), from ab (“away”) + duco (“to lead”).
- (physiology): Back-formation from abduction.
abduct (third-person singular simple present abducts, present participle abducting, simple past and past participle abducted)
- (transitive) To take away by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually with violence or deception; to kidnap. [Early 17th century.]
- 1904, Jules Verne, chapter 16, in The Master of the World, archived from the original on 23 February 2012:
- 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.
- to abduct children
- (transitive, anatomy) To draw away, as a limb or other part, from the median axis of the body. [Early 17th century.]
to take away
to draw away from its ordinary position
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , →ISBN), page 2
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN), page 3
- ^ Thomas, Clayton L., editor (1940) Taber's Encyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 5th edition, Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company, published 1993, →ISBN, pages 1