Ab*duc"tion (#), n. [L. abductio: cf. F. abduction.]


The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away.


2. Physiol.

The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.

3. Law

The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being; as, the abduction of a child, the abduction of an heiress.

4. Logic

A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.


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