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 abduction on Wikipedia
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From Latin abductiō (robbing; abduction), from abdūcō (take or lead away), from ab (away) + dūcō (to lead)[1].

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abduction (countable and uncountable, plural abductions)

  1. Leading away; a carrying away. [Early 17th century.][2]
  2. (anatomy) The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; the movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body. [Mid 17th century.][2]
    • 2013, Jain, MD, MSPH; Wilcox, PT; Katz, MD, MS; Higgins, MD, "Clinical Examination of the Rotator Cuff", PM&R Journal, retrieved from PubMed Central on 21 Jan 2018.
      Abduction is performed by asking the patient to raise the arm at the side as high as they can with the examiner stabilizing the scapula by holding it down.
  3. (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. [Late 17th century.][2]
    • 2005, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson, Lutz Marten, The Dynamics of Language, an Introduction, page 256:
      The significance of such a step is that it is not morphologically triggered: it is a step of abduction, and what is required here is a meta-level process of reasoning.
  4. The wrongful, and usually forcible, carrying off of a human being. [Mid 18th century.][2]
    the abduction of a child

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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), page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 3

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EtymologyEdit

Learned borrowing from Latin abductiō (robbing; abduction), from abdūcō (take or lead away).

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abduction f (plural abductions)

  1. (physiology) Abductive movement; abduction.
  2. (logic, computing) Abductive reasoning; abduction.

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin abductiō (robbing; abduction), from abdūcō (take or lead away).

NounEdit

abduction (plural abductiones)

  1. abduction