the act of eloping; private or unlicensed departure from the place or station to which one is assigned by duty or law, particularly of a wife from her husband, or of a daughter or ward with a gallant. In almost every one of the States, the male principal is held guilty of an abduction provided his associate in the act is under age.
E*lope"ment (?), n.
The act of eloping; secret departure; -- said of a woman and a man, one or both, who run away from their homes for marriage or for cohabitation.
© Webster 1913.
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