Helpful Hints
  • (1) You can search the entire content of Dean’s by phrase or by individual words. Just type your keywords into the search box and then pull down the search icon on the right and choose the option you need: search by word or by phrase or reset the content.
  • (2) Double click on a word in the content of a definition, and if the word is listed as a keyword in Dean’s, it will look that word up.
  • (3) You can use the search function to help jump the scrolling function. Simply type the first 2-3 letters into the search box then hit enter on your keyboard and the scroll will go to those Keywords that begin with those letters and allow you to scroll from there.

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. 


Register or login to access full content