- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈdʌk.ʃn̩/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈdʌk.ʃn̩/, /æbˈdək.ʃn̩/, /əbˈdək.ʃn̩/
- Leading away; a carrying away. [Early 17th century.]
- (physiology) 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.](Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. [Late 17th century.]
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.
- The wrongful, and usually forcible, carrying off of a human being. [Mid 18th century.]
the abduction of a child
- In Gregg shorthand (version: Centennial, Series 90, DJS, Simplified, Anniversary, Pre-Anniversary) the word is represented: a - b - d - u - k - sh
- (legal, carrying off of human being): kidnapping
- (logic): retroduction
- (determining most plausible explanation): retroduction
- (physiology): adduction
leading away, carrying away
physiology: movement separating limb from axis
logic: type of syllogism
law: wrongful carrying off of a human being
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Translations to be checked
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , ISBN 0550142304), page 2
- “abduction” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 3.
abduction f (plural abductions)
- “abduction” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).