n. In criminal law, the carrying away of any person by force or fraud. Leading someone away by force or fraudulent persuasion. In some jurisdictions, there must be the intent to marry or defile the person. Some require the victim to be a child or there must be an intent to force the party into marriage or into prostitution.
- (Law) The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being; as, the abduction of a child, the abduction of an heiress. The abduction must be without consent or by fraud or violence and for an illegal or illicit purpose. The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. Illegally leading away or carrying off a person, more especially the taking or carrying away of a wife, child, a ward, or a voter, by fraud, persuasion, or open violence. This crime is similar to kidnapping. But under the old common law, abduction was distinguished from kidnapping, which requires an element of force or threat of force.
- (Physiology) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.